Plus, Tricia Peter-Clark to Succeed Dan Dey at ConnextCare
Plus, Tricia Peter-Clark to Succeed Dan Dey at ConnextCare
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Oswego County Economic Development News

February 8, 2021
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Pictured are, Ed Alberts (left), owner of Wired Telcom and winner of 2018 Next Great Idea Oswego County Business Plan Competition, and Austin Wheelock (right), NGI Chairperson.

Oswego County's 'Next Great Idea' Call for Entries

“The Next Great Idea Oswego County Business Plan Competition” (NGI) is calling for entries for this year’s competition which culminates with $80,000 in prizes, said NGI Chairperson Austin Wheelock, deputy director for Operation Oswego County (OOC). The NGI competition will begin accepting Business Concept Proposals now through April 30th, 2021.
The Next Great Idea Oswego County Business Plan Competition began in 2008 when economic development officials along with business and community leaders came together to develop a program to encourage entrepreneurship and develop a solution for a problem many businesses find when getting started- access to seed capital.
“We knew we had a lot of great business ideas in the community but the recurring obstacle we kept finding when trying to assist businesses was a lack of equity for companies to get off the ground or to go to a bank and obtain
traditional financing,” Wheelock added. “We were losing companies and talented entrepreneurs to locations that had these types of programs and  cultures of entrepreneurship in place.”
The most recent NGI competition winner, Wired Telcom, an IT and communications installer and service provider specializing in franchise businesses, was awarded $50,000 in 2018. Other winners include ArcoArt, who won the 2014 competition, Lakeside Artisans Cooperative in 2010, and Ocean Blue Technology, LLC, in 2008. Lakeside Artisans, now known as Riverside Artisans, is a for-profit art cooperative that has developed a retail showcase in Oswego’s downtown Canal Commons to promote local artwork and artisans’ crafts. 
“We’re excited this year to offer $50,000 in seed capital to the overall winner. The second and third place winners will receive a combination of seed capital and in-kind business services worth $20,000 and $10,000, respectively. We feel growing the competition in this way will help attract even bigger and better ideas to the competition and show the region and beyond that we are serious about encouraging entrepreneurship in Oswego County.”
The entire competition will consist of three phases, starting with the Business Concept Proposal which will be due by April 30, 2021. From these, judges will select semi-finalists to move on to develop full business plans due in September 2021. The NGI competition culminates with the selected finalists making their “pitch” to a panel of judges in November 2021. The judging panel will be composed of local bankers, entrepreneurs, business service professionals, and investors. Ideas that are not selected will receive written feedback from the judges of how to improve their proposals for the future and referrals to other programs and organizations that could assist based on their needs.
“We’ve designed the NGI program in a way to benefit all the participants involved, not just the ultimate winners of the competition,” Wheelock said. “If we not only have three prize winners come out of this, but also many other bankable, feasible business plans with confident entrepreneurs then everyone wins, especially Oswego County.”
NGI is funded in part by the Richard S. Shineman Foundation as well as financial and in-kind contributions from many other local businesses, organizations, and individuals. The mission of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is to be a Catalyst for Change to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County. The Foundation will use its resources to stimulate economic vitality, to encourage strong bonds that strengthen the community, and to build the capacity of its not-for-profit partners. In addition, the seed capital can potentially be leveraged to borrow up to $250,000 in partnership with local banks, Operation Oswego County, Inc., the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency, the cities of Oswego and Fulton community development offices, and other partner economic development agencies.
The competition web site,, includes an overview of the event, competition timeline, application guidelines, sponsors, partners and contact information.  For more information, NGI Chair Austin Wheelock can be contacted at 315-343-1545 or at

Tricia Peter-Clark To Succeed Dan Dey At ConnextCare

Chairman Michael C. Backus, on behalf of the Board of Directors of ConnextCare is pleased to announce the promotion of Tricia Peter-Clark as ConnextCare’s next President/Chief Executive Officer effective June 4, 2021. “I am very grateful for the ConnextCare Board’s confidence in me. I look forward to continuing to build on the impressive legacy that was established by Dan Dey and excited about the many strategic opportunities ahead,” Peter-Clark said.
Peter-Clark currently is the health center’s Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining ConnextCare in 2013, Peter-Clark was the Coordinator of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County and Director of Health Operations, both under the auspices of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO).
She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Services from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Leadership from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“ConnextCare will undoubtedly continue its success under the very capable leadership of Tricia. Her accomplishments have been innumerable and remarkable since joining ConnextCare when it acquired several primary care practices from OCO and Oswego Health (OH) in 2013,” Dey said. “She has been singularly instrumental in building a cohesive and positive culture among the initially diverse programs, and effecting a very successful re-branding from Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. to the symbolic ConnextCare. Among her many notable successes, she has been pivotal to guiding ConnextCare through the challenging COVID-19 Pandemic… It’s been an extreme honor to have served under such a dedicated and engaged community Board of Directors and with an incredibly compassionate and talented staff. Their contributions to the health and well-being of the community have been enriching and immeasurable. As I move into semi-retirement, I am particularly gratified that ConnextCare has had an influence in preparing two dynamic, talented, and young individuals for leadership of the two largest health care providers in Oswego County in Peter-Clark and Backus, who was recently named as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of OH.”
Established in 1969, ConnextCare is a patient-centered network of health care practices providing Oswego and surrounding county residents with a variety of comprehensive health care and related services. The center is operated by a private, partially federally funded non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
ConnextCare operates health centers in Fulton, Mexico, Oswego, Parish, Phoenix, and Pulaski. It also operates seven school-based health centers located in APW, Mexico, Pulaski, Fulton and Sandy Creek School Districts. ConnextCare is accredited through the Joint Commission and is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medial Home. ConnextCare will see any patient regardless of their ability pay for the care they need. All major insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee scale discount program is available for eligible patients. For additional information on the services provided through ConnextCare visit or call (315) 298-6564 .
“Under Dey’s leadership ConnextCare has experienced exponential growth and financial stability,” Backus said. “In Dey’s thirteen years, ConnextCare’s budget has quintupled and its employed staff tripled, considerably adding to the economic vitality of Oswego County. ConnextCare has added significantly to the quality and depth of its medical, dental, behavioral health and school-based health center programs, while introducing vital care management, psychiatry and substance use disorder services. Additionally, Dey has brought in millions of dollars into the Oswego and Central New York communities through the initiation and leadership of several community collaborative efforts, including the Preserving the Oswego County Primary Care Safety Net Initiative, Oswego County Integrated Delivery Network, and the Upstate Community Health Collaborative Independent Provider Association.”
Tricia Peter-Clark is an officer on the Operation Oswego County board of directors, serving as Secretary. She has served on the OOC Board since 2017.

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