About Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation
The LDF Business Development Corporation was created by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Indians to mirror successful Tribes, create jobs, and generate revenue outside of gaming.
As an economic arm of the Tribe, the BDC and businesses under its umbrella are designed to contribute to the general fund while at the same time maintain investment capital for future projects and business ventures.
The mission of the LDF BDC is to diversify the Lac du Flambeau Tribe’s non-gaming revenue sources and create career opportunities for our community.
Our vision is to build sustainable, profitable businesses that provide career paths for citizens of the Lac du Flambeau Tribal community, embodying Tribal goals and objectives, while respecting the Tribe's cultural values.
By developing business opportunities and creating strategic partnerships, we will positively impact economic growth and career opportunities. This holistic approach to economic development will build a strong, healthy nation as we shepherd progress into the seventh generation.
Board of Directors
Treasurer: Chris Soulier
Interim CEO: Randy Soulier
Interim COO and Director of Lending: Melissa Doud
Melissa Doud is a Lac du Flambeau Tribal Member, born and raised in Lac du Flambeau. She graduated Lakeland Union High School in 1989 and went to college for one year before joining the Army. She was stationed and has been to various places including South Carolina, Korea, Japan, Guam, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Richardson (Alaska), Fort Knox (Kentucky) and Schofield Barracks (Hawaii). She did one tour in Iraq from 2003-2004, and retired as an E-7 with 20+ years of service. She earned her Associates Degree in Business Management from Hawaii Pacific University and earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. In the Fall of 2017, Melissa will pursue her Masters Degree in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix online.
Melissa worked for the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Accounting department. She also worked as an accounting clerk for the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, and was a personal banker with Chippewa Valley Bank for seven years.
In 2012, she became a member of the LDF Business Development Corporation's Board of Directors, and was the first employee of the LDF BDC serving as the Lending Operations Coordinator. She moved quickly up the ranks, serving as the the Call Center Manager, the Director of Lending, and now as the Interim COO of the LDF Business Development Corporation.
Melissa has the vision of helping her Tribal community through economic development while practicing and preserving culture. She served on the Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Board, and is the Tribal representative for Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation.