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LOGAN - A forum to encourage support for entrepreneurs and help people network has been formed in northern Utah's Cache Valley. Utah State University Research Foundation's Technology Commercialization Office and Innovation Campus has created a Venture Accelerator Club (VAC), according to Steve Kubisen, vice president of the Technology Commercialization Office and VAC member. Founding members include Campbell Scientific CEO Paul Campbell; Cache Valley Electric CEO Jim Laub; L.W. Miller Companies President Larry Miller; Hyclone founder Rex Spendlove, and Oren Phillips, retired vice president of business development for ATK Thiokol. "There is so much entrepreneurial spirit in this region," said Kubisen. "Inventors and entrepreneurs can share ideas and possibly have those ideas become something substantial." Proposals for technology-based businesses can be submitted to the club for review at If accepted, the entrepreneur/inventor will be able to present ideas to club members at quarterly meetings expected to begin this summer. - Arrin Newton Brunson