A Message From Our Board Chairman

It is a great privilege to be able to lead the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation. We have a strong, volunteer working board whose members all contribute their time, skills, and money to help ensure that the VCEDC can enhance the economy in the Northwoods. In partnership with the county, our townships, Nicolet College, and area business leaders, we offer a broad range of services and support for new and existing businesses and entrepreneurs.

Because of the continuing growth of high speed internet services throughout the county, which we have supported, the Northwoods is truly “open for business”. It’s now possible to live in the beautiful Northwoods and conduct business worldwide and we’re proud to see growing momentum of the creation of new quality jobs in Vilas county

With the support of area business leaders, we’ve also been able to provide matching grant funding to several area schools so they can provide Fab Labs for students. This kind of technology knowledge is key to helping students see there are opportunities to become future business owners in the Northwoods.

We need your help to continue the economic development momentum that we’re seeing. We ask individuals and businesses to join us in financially supporting the VCEDC. We realize we must grow more private financial support for our efforts.

Our goal for our 2018 campaign is $150,000. These funds will help us provide more tools, more training and more resources for entrepreneurs and existing businesses in Vilas county. Please join us. Your investment is tax-deductible. Scroll down for more information, or click here to view our pledge card.

Thank You!




Jim Tuckwell
VCEDC Board Chairman

Facts About Us

Nicolet Entrepreneurial Training

Participants received scholarships from the Juday Foundation.

Graduates from the class



"Horant's Floral" suffered a devastating fire in Fall 2015. The Incubator had walk-in freezers that could be converted to refrigeration units, and Horant's moved their flower storage to the incubator. Four full-time jobs and three part-time jobs have been saved.

New Technology

"Goose Cap Media" is a recently opened full-service marketing and technology company focused on website and graphic design. Co-owners Scott Subach and Isaac Dowd are also providing 3-d printing and video production.

1) Enhance Financial Stability


Categories of Support

Vilas County

Board Members


Businesses, Individuals, and Banks

Foundations and Utilities

Diversify Fundraising and Philanthropic Efforts

Effectiveness: Prioritize and Mobilize Swiftly

Build Board Leadership Skills For the Future

2) Connect Information and Knowledge
   Within the Business Communnity

Further build our business relationships within the county. Help develop Vilas County's economic climate.

3) Link Entrepreneurs with Needed
    Skills and Resources

Leveraging our three business incubators. Work to link area entrepreneurs with all available small business resources. Expand entrepreneurial education.

3) Provide Technical Assistance
    Planning to Communities

Help communities plan for current and future infrastructure development

Invest in the VCEDC

hand-supportBecome a part of our success!

The VCEDC is, at it's heart, a community initiative. Individuals striving together to create a better, more sustainable future in Vilas County.

If you have an expertise you would be willing to share, please contact us!

If you would like to assist our efforts financially, click the Paypal button below or contact Bob Egan at 715-337-0061.  Your support will help ensure a strong and vibrant Vilas County!