Lake of the Torches Resort Casino and the Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corp. (BDC) presented the Vilas County Economic Development Corp. (VCEDC) with $4,000 that will assist in promoting the business environment throughout Vilas County.

Lake of the Torches and the Lac du Flambeau BDC each presented a $2,000 donation during the VCEDC’s Nov. 9 board of directors meeting that was held in the casino’s Hall of Nations Convention Center.

Along with the donations, the meeting included discussions on how to partner to create a positive environment for building and sustaining economic growth in Lac du Flambeau and throughout Vilas County.

“We’re sincerely grateful for the support we’ve received from Lake of the Torches Resort Casino and the Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corp.,” said Jim Tuckwell, chairman of the VCEDC. “It is through their generous support, and the support of area businesses, towns and Vilas County, that we are able to help entrepreneurs and existing businesses achieve their goals and work to attract new businesses to Vilas County.”

The VCEDC is a public-private partnership that offers mentoring and in­vestor assistance to business ventures in Vilas County. The VCEDC assists new business start-ups through business incubators in Eagle River, Manitowish Waters and Land O’ Lakes, and an accelerator building in Phelps. These facilities offer commercial and industrial space, and VCEDC board members and staff also offer a vast array of business and entrepreneurial expertise to help grow businesses in Vilas County.

The VCEDC also coordinates the Nicolet Entre­pre­neur Training (NET) program at Nicolet College, which provides vital training in starting and operating a new business. Five students recently graduated from the program and the NET program has graduated 96 businesses owners in total.

“Each of us has a vital stake in a successful and sustainable North Woods economy. We proudly join with our tribal partners at the Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corp. to support the Vilas County Economic Development Corp. and aspiring business owners in Vilas County,” said Lake of the Torches Director of Marketing Leana Schlecht.

The Lac du Flambeau BDC was created in 2012 by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and operates several nongaming enterprises that contribute, along with gaming revenue from Lake of the Torches Resort Casino, to the tribe’s general fund.

“The Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corp. values relationships which are built on a common vision, respect and resilience. Each of our entities strives daily to make a positive contribution to both the general North Woods economy and to the communities we serve,” said Randy Soulier, COO of the Lac du Flambeau BDC.