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.