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Connect Northwest Integrates with Greater Spokane Incorporated

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) and Connect Northwest (Connect NW) are pleased to announce a joint venture that will merge Connect NW’s entrepreneur programming under the economic development and event planning programs of Greater Spokane Incorporated. This integration will facilitate the connection of start-up companies to community resources that will help them start, build and expand their businesses.

GSI’s Event Planning team will manage the day-to-day events, including Connect NW’s popular Executive Connect breakfast series, CFO Connect and annual Investment Capital Forum, while the Economic Development department will provide assistance to local entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses, including introductions and referrals to individuals and organizations throughout Spokane’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The integration strengthens and complements GSI’s job growth and business investment initiatives, including its programs in economic development, public policy, workforce and education, and small business. The integration will enable Connect NW to remain focused on the Spokane Angel Alliance. The Spokane Angel Alliance is Connect NW’s flagship program that connects entrepreneurs and local start-up companies with accredited investors who review opportunities for investment, mentoring, and advising. As part of the integration with GSI, Connect NW will be renamed the Spokane Angel Alliance and GSI will provide programming support for the group.

“This integration helps to combine expertise for accelerated investment in and success of start-up companies,” said Richard Repp of Witherspoon Kelly and Chair of Connect NW. “The Connect Northwest mission has been to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success and GSI’s well-known expertise in programs and events will expand the reach of these programs and provide an even stronger support system for entrepreneurs.”

“The GSI team is poised to support this integration with a team of professionals dedicated to continuing the legacy of Connect NW and increasing the success of Spokane’s budding entrepreneurs,” said GSI President and CEO Rich Hadley. “Strengthening these young companies provides a further springboard for economic vitality in our region.”

To assure success in this program, GSI is planning a series of strategy sessions, which will bring together community stakeholders to craft a cohesive vision and plan for the future of Spokane’s entrepreneurial community. These meetings are planned for early spring 2014.

About Greater Spokane Incorporated Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), the Spokane region’s Chamber and Economic Development organization, has been creating something greater for Spokane and the Inland Northwest since 1881. GSI is charged with the mission of growing jobs and business investment through robust programs in economic and workforce development, public policy and small business. GSI is funded through a combination of private and public investment, including 1,200 private-sector member investors; Spokane County; Washington State Department of Commerce; and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake and Newport, as well as the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. For more information, visit or contact us at 509-624-1393 or 1 800 SPOKANE.