• Walker’s Bluff to Host Informational Vendor Workshops for Southern Illinois Businesses

    January 31, 2020
    Southern Illinois area businesses are invited to attend a series of three informational workshops, to be hosted at Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, in Carterville, Illinois. These workshops will inform local businesses on how to prepare to become a vendor or supplier for the proposed Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort. Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort, LLC has a casino license application pending with the Illinois Gaming Board to build a casino on property at Walker’s Bluff, which began as a vineyard and winery destination in 2008.
    All three workshops are free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Attendance is open to the public, for adults ages 18 and over. If you plan to attend, pre-register online at:
    The workshops will be offered at the following dates and times:
          ● Friday, February 7, 2020 | 10am-12pm
          ● Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 5pm-7pm
          ● Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 1pm-3pm

    Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort, LLC is committed to establishing a formal program to recruit and develop local businesses as potential vendors, with a special focus on identifying women, disabled, minority, and veteran-owned businesses. In support of this commitment, two local, woman-owned businesses – KLG Grant Consulting in Carbondale, and Russell Business & Financial LLC of Du Quoin – have partnered to offer the workshops and connect businesses with the information and resources needed to build their capacity.

    The partnering company, Elite Casino Resorts, has an impressive track record of building successful resorts by contracting with local and diverse businesses in every market in which they operate. As stated by Dan Kehl of Elite Casino Resorts, “This initiative will deepen our involvement with the community by helping small businesses work with us to create a premier destination here in Southern Illinois. Our commitment to the region is to buy local first – we are glad to provide some early technical assistance so that our entrepreneurs, especially veterans, minorities, women, and those with disability status can be prepared to grow along with us.”

    For more information, visit: 
    https://www.walkersbluffcasinoresort.com  or  https://www.walkersbluffcasinoresort.com/vendoropportunities.html

    About Walker’s Bluff
    Nestled in the heart of Southern Illinois, Walker’s Bluff began as a family homestead. Today, it is a picturesque destination vineyard which attracts visitors from around the world. The Walker’s Bluff property currently includes The General Store, Legends Fine Dining Restaurant, the winery’s Tasting Room -- which is also the dramatic front entrance to The Wine Cave, where weddings and events take place -- leading to an underground bar with a domed ceiling and an oculus opening to the sky. Several other venues include The Depot, The Gazebo, and a large outdoor concert area drawing crowds numbering in the thousands to see artists like Sheryl Crow, Ozzy Osbourne, Sara Evans and others. More information can be found at walkersbluff.com
    Emily Burke