Developing the ‘Next Great Idea’

Ed Alberts

Ed Alberts M’92 M’97

Ed Alberts M’92 M’97, owner of Wired Telecom in Oswego, won the 2018 “Next Great Idea” Oswego County Business Competition, and received $50,000 to expand his business in the county. Wired Telecom provides standardized IT and communication services for medium- and large-sized commercial franchise companies nationwide.

The business grew out of necessity, as Alberts’ other businesses could not find a reliable IT service. So, an in-house solution was developed and is now ready to be scaled into a business of its own.

Two other SUNY Oswego community members reached the finals in the competition as well: Fabio Machado M’19, a graduate student in SUNY Oswego’s strategic communication program, with Charta, an app that would help younger travelers on a budget gain more authentic experiences; and Kevin Spillett ’15 and business partner Jake Metcalfe, who recently opened Oz Angling, a fishing and bait store in Oswego.

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