The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development on Friday, awarded two-year grants totaling $2.7 million to 13 nonprofit groups that provide services and technical assistance to emerging businesses and entrepreneurs in Minnesota. The Business Development Competitive Grant Program, which was approved during the 2019 legislative session, provides funding to groups that offer business assistance to targeted groups, including women, minorities, rural residents, technology-based companies and entrepreneurs. Among them… Leech Lake Financial Services of Cass Lake received $100,000 for a project that will assist individual entrepreneurs to establish and grow new businesses on the Leech Lake Reservation.