Greater Bemidji, HRFC receive DEED funding

Greater Bemidji and the Headwaters Regional Finance Corporation were two of 26 nonprofit lending partners in the state to receive grant funding for DEED’s Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program.

The ELP supports the growth of businesses owned and operated by Black, Indigenous, people of color, low-income persons, women, veterans and/or persons with disabilities.

“Now more than ever, the Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program is a great platform to empower the growth of small businesses that might not otherwise have access to capital,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove.

“Our economic recovery must create jobs in communities hardest hit by the pandemic, and that’s exactly what these entrepreneurs will do.”

Greater Bemidji, Inc., received $75,000 for this program, as did the HRFC.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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