Year: 2020

Artist, Delina White, Receives MN DEED Loan From Leech Lake Financial Services to Start Business

Our client Delina White is a talented artist and owner of IamAnishaabe. She has been developing her label since 2015 and officially launched her business this year. Despite the adversity 2020 has had on small businesses, Delina has expanded her business, showcased her work in multiple successful fashion shows and was named one of the…
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Wells Fargo Foundation Grants Leech Lake Financial Services 2 Grant Totaling $20,000

The Wells Fargo Foundation gave Leech Lake Financial services two grants this month. The first $10,000 grant is for general operating support/COVID-19 support and the second $10,000 grant is for our individual development account (IDA) programs. We appreciate your continued support and for helping us in our mission to empower our community through financial education and…
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CDFI Fund Awards Leech Lake Financial Services $150,000 For Technical Assistance

We are honored and excited to announce that we have been awarded $150,000 from the Native American CDFI Assistance Program for Technical Assistance (TA). The CDFI Fund recognizes that Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian communities (Native Communities) face some of the greatest barriers to accessing capital and basic financial services in the nation.…
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Wells Fargo Grants Leech Lake Financial Services $26,000 for COVID-19 Relief & Workforce Development

Thank you, Wells Fargo, for awarding Leech Lake Financial Services with two separate grants totaling $26,000. The first grant LLFS received is for $20,000. The grant operations as part of the Wells Fargo support for General operating support/COVID-19 relief response. The second grant is for $6,000 for a workforce development grant/project with MI2 in Bemidji,…
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Leech Lake Financial Services Updates Due To COVID-19

As we continue to experience uncertain times, your safety and well-being are at the top of our priority list. This includes your financial health. With that in mind, we’ve made some temporary changes to how we operate in order to increase our support and flexibility to you. LLBO has notified us that individuals with LLFS…
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From Renter to Owner: Williams Uses Financial Training, Overcomes Odds, and Buys Home

CASS LAKE (MN) – When Leech Lake Financial Services first offered its two hour “Credit Building on the Rez” training, Robin Williams was the first to sign up.  Robin was sick of paying rent.  Year after year she bought into the mentality that home ownership can’t be achieved by Reservation Indians.  Mortgages were too hard…
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Fineday Uses New Skills to Make Big Improvements

CASS LAKE (MN) – Diane Fineday started working with Leech Lake Financial Services in December 2015. The goal was to clean up her credit history, and enlisted the help of the one-on-one credit counseling at LLFS. “We took a hard look at my credit history and my bills, but LLFS made me feel so comfortable…
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J&A Concrete and Masonry, LLC

With the 2016 concrete season in full swing, I am happy to announce that our company is doing great!  We are projected to have an increase in profit from last year.  We also have been able to keep our main apprentice in full time work for most of the summer.  This is especially important as…
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For Missy Bowstring, LLFS Is More Than Just Personal Loans

For Missy Bowstring, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Leech lake Financial Services (LLFS) has been more than a place to get a personal loan.  She received the load in May, but she often gets in touch for other kinds of financial help. “I can always call LLFS and ask questions, even…
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LLFS receives grant from Blandin Foundation that has helped 7 people in our community purchase safe vehicles

The Blandin Foundation Leech Lake Financial Services would like to thank the Blandin Foundation for the grant award of $100,000. The grant allowed us to run a successful Pilot Program for our Auto Loan program to our community. We were able to provide 7 loans totaling approximately $94,000 to community members, so they could have…
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