PROVO, Utah, Nov 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) this evening inducts the Eyring Research Institute into its UVEF Hall of Fame at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University. Inductees represent individuals and organizations with an enduring legacy of entrepreneurial excellence.
The Eyring Research Institute (ERI) was founded in 1972 by Carlyle Harmon with Dr. Ronald G. Hansen as President. The Institute did consulting work in various areas of contract research in cooperation with Brigham Young University. ERI spawned many high-tech spin-offs, including WordPerfect, Novell, and Dynix, as well as advancements in the military and communication arenas that have benefited the world. These breakthroughs created a whirlwind of innovation and entrepreneurial activity in Utah Valley affecting Utah for decades.
Dr. Ronald G. Hansen and Cleo Larene Harmon will attend tonight's ceremony to receive the award on behalf of The Eyring Research Institute, with an introduction by Richard McDermott, the former VP of Finance for Eyring.
"Few organizations have done more than the Eyring Research Institute to bolster entrepreneurism and economic growth in the state," said UVEF chairman Cary Snowden. "Millions of people have benefited, and billions of dollars in commerce are evidence of the Institute's impact."
Past UVEF Hall of Fame honorees include WordPerfect, Novell, Dr. Bill Pope, BYU Center for Entrepreneurship, Stephen R. Covey and Harold R. Wing.
The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) is a volunteer non-profit support group linking entrepreneurs to Money, Markets, and Mentors. Celebrating 21 years of new business success, UVEF empowers current and future business leaders to thrive in today's competitive market. We provide real-world, practical education and valuable resources on how to access needed capital, attract new customers and tap into industry experts. For information on upcoming meetings, speakers and exclusive membership benefits visit www.uvef.net .