Lac du Flambeau, Wis. – Lake of the Torches Resort Casino presented the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation with a $2,000 donation check to assist in sustaining robust business development throughout Vilas County.
The donation was presented during the VCEDC’s Nov. 17 Board of Directors meeting held in the casino’s Hall of Nations Convention Center. The donation will be used by the VCEDC in its ongoing efforts to provide financial and technical assistance to new and expanding business enterprises in Vilas County.
Pictured left to right are: Leana Schlecht, Director of Marketing at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino; Carl Ruedebusch, Chairman of the VCEDC; Mary Cole Laub, VCEDC Board Member; Bill Guelcher, Chief Executive Officer at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino, and Duane Chapman, Assistant General Manager at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino.
“Lake of the Torches has been a longtime supporter of the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation. We sincerely appreciate their continuing commitment to the VCEDC and as we work to help ensure economic growth and development of a robust workforce in Wisconsin’s Northwoods,” said Carl Rudebusch, Chairman of the VCEDC.
The VCEDC is a public-private partnership that offers mentoring and investor assistance to individuals who are looking to begin a business venture in Vilas County. The VCEDC assists new business start-ups through two business incubators in Eagle River and Manitowish Waters and an accelerator building in Phelps. These facilities offer commercial and industrial space for businesses at a nominal rate, and VCEDC members offer their wide variety of business expertise to these new owners to successfully grow their business.
The VCEDC also coordinates the Nicolet Entrepreneur Training (NET) at Nicolet College, which gives new businesses owners a solid background in starting and running a business. In addition, the VCEDC supports telecommunications companies who provide increased broadband access to all parts of Vilas County. Making these areas accessible to broadband is crucial to these businesses in an increasingly dynamic and interconnected economy.
“Lake of the Torches is very proud of its partnership with the VCEDC in our joint efforts to promote a vibrant Northwoods economy that provides abundant entrepreneurial opportunities for residents and those wishing to relocate to Vilas County,” said Lake of the Torches’ Director of Marketing Leana Schlecht.
Situated on the shores of Pokegama Lake and nestled in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino has a feel of a classic Northern retreat and reflects its Ojibwe culture and heritage. The casino has over 800 slot machines, Blackjack tables, Three-card poker, Craps, a high-stakes Bingo Hall seating up to 500 persons, Woody’s Bar and Grill and the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant. The hotel has 101 well-appointed rooms, the Dancing Waters Lounge and the Woodland Oasis pool area. The 8,500 square-foot Convention Center with the Hall of Nations offers an outstanding venue for entertainment, receptions, trade shows, meetings, presentations and seminars. It is proudly owned and operated by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.
Information on upcoming events and promotions at Lake of the Torches is available at
Director of Marketing
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
1-800-25-TORCH, ext. 4016