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CougsFirst! Spokane is set for April 19

The east side of the state gets to try its hand at the west side phenomenon.

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Two weeks ago, more than 2,000 Cougs poured into the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle for the CougsFirst! trade show and afterparty, but after six years of being a Seattle-only event, the east side of the state finally gets to try its hand: The inaugural CougsFirst! Spokane show will be held on April 19 at the Davenport Grand Hotel from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

CougCenter is a proud Gray Sponsor for the event.

The event conveniently leads up to the spring game at Joe Albi Stadium on April 21.

Here’s the full news release.

After six years of successful shows in Seattle, CougsFirst! – a business network for WSU alumni and friends is coming to Spokane. The inaugural CougsFirst! Spokane Show will be held Thursday, April 19th at the Davenport Grand Hotel from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

BECU is the Show sponsor. The event is free to attend, and sponsorships are still available for purchase. Show organizers anticipate more than 500 attendees.

Sponsorship benefits range from booth space, signage and recognition at the show, to company listing on the CougsFirst! website, in the show brochure, and comprehensive social media marketing.

“We’ve envisioned hosting a CougsFirst! show in Spokane since we began this endeavor, and we are excited to be able to bring the show to WSU alumni and friends in the Inland Northwest,” said Glenn Osterhout, board chairman and one of the founders.

Exhibitors represent a wide array of industries. From legal services, breweries to advertising, attendees can find the businesses they are looking for at the CougsFirst! Show in Spokane.

There are more than 50,000 WSU alumni in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, providing exhibitors a unique opportunity to market their products and services and network in a positive business environment.

“Spokane rightfully takes pride on its considerable number of passionate WSU alumni. Like many other Cougs, Spokane is my hometown. When the prospect of expanding CougsFirst! into Spokane was decided, I knew our market was a perfect match,” commented Colin White, President - Chairman of CougsFirst! Spokane.

“We formalized the CougsFirst! Spokane board in summer of 2017 with prominent business leaders from the local community. As a board, we encourage all our alumni who own or manage businesses in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho to partner with us and showcase your products and services to the Cougar Nation. In addition, we challenge all Cougs to spread the news, pre-register, and attend our inaugural Spokane CougsFirst! Show this spring. Go Cougs! CougsFirst!”

For information on sponsorships and to register for the please visit... http://www.cougsfirst.org.

CougsFirst! is a business network separate from Washington State University. This event and views expressed are solely those of CougsFirst! and do not represent positions of Washington State University.