Lake of the Torches Casino, LDF Business Development Corporation Donate $4,000 to Promote Economic Vitality in Vilas County

Lac du Flambeau, Wis. – Lake of the Torches Resort Casino and the Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation presented the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation with a total of $4,000 in donations that will assist in promoting a vibrant business environment throughout Vilas County.

Pictured left to right are: Lake of the Torches Assistant General Manager Duane Chapman; Lake of the Torches Chief Executive Officer Bill Guelcher; VCEDC Executive Director Bob Egan; VCEDC Chairman Jim Tuckwell; LDF Business Development Corporation Chief Operating Officer Randy Soulier and Lake of the Torches Director of Marketing Leana Schlecht.

Lake of the Torches and the Lac du Flambeau BDC each presented a $2,000 donation during the VCEDC’s monthly Board of Directors meeting held Nov. 8 in the casino’s Hall of Nations Convention Center. Along with the donation presentation, the meeting included discussions on how to enhance the building and sustaining of economic growth in Lac du Flambeau and throughout Vilas County.

“We are sincerely grateful for the continued support we receive from Lake of the Torches Resort Casino and the LDF Business Development Corporation,” said Jim Tuckwell, Chairman of the VCEDC. “It’s through their continued support, and likewise the support from Vilas County, area townships and local businesses, that we are able to help businesses succeed and also work to attract entrepreneurs and businesses to Vilas County.”

The VCEDC is a 501C(3) non-profit that offers an array of support and services to help businesses be successful and grow. It also provides assistance in securing financing for aspiring businesses. The VCEDC also partners with Nicolet College to offer “Preparing For Entrepreneurial Success” classes with over 100 graduates to date, and which, through the help of the Juday Foundation, are offered tuition free to any Vilas County resident.

The organization is also active in recruiting entrepreneurs and businesses to relocate to the Northwoods, especially with the recent growth in broadband availability in the county. This allows professionals to work remotely and enjoy all that the Northwoods has to offer while pursuing career and business success.

“Lake of the Torches values its continued partnership with the LDF Business Development Corporation and the VCEDC to promote entrepreneurship and business development in the Northwoods. We all succeed when there is a healthy economic environment that attracts new business and employment opportunities to Vilas County,” said Lake of the Torches Director of Marketing Leana Schlecht.

“The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation complements our mission and vision statements,” said Randy Soulier, Chief Operating Officer of the LDF Business Development Corporation. “This relationship is essential to enhancing the area’s economy through attracting, developing or retaining skilled employment, upgrading infrastructure, higher quantity of entrepreneurial efforts and an increase in per capita earnings circulating in the region. Neither of these items can be as successful if we were to remain alone in the efforts.”

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, Craps, a high-stakes Bingo Hall, 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.

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Leana Schlecht
Director of Marketing
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino