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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

Ideal blue-steel fish tape

Fish tapes are essential basic tools that are easy to take for granted, but imagine pulling cable through on a large commercial job without them.

The leaves are turning here in Bethesda, Md. Fall is a cliched metaphor for change, and it’s the part of the annual cycle that cynics abhor for pumpkin-spiced everything.

Election Day is right around the corner. That probably isn’t news to you, but it is essential to be aware of what’s at stake and to consider the issues that are important to you, your business and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).


Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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Ideas That Work: Trucks, Cable and Templates

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

ISU: (From left) Beth Hartmann, Jack Finn, Shay Hudachek, Dylan Busby, Caleb Bonderer, Tristen Giralomo, Noah Reddig, Scott Miller, Regan Smiley and Rick Smith. Photo provided by Kate Tindall, ISU CCEE Department.
Green Energy Challenge Winners At NECA Show

Each year, ELECTRI International hosts the Green Energy Challenge for NECA Student Chapters. The 2016 competition challenged teams to design an energy upgrade for a K–12 facility in their community.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Call it the future of healthcare for North Dakotans today and generations to come. Call it the largest publicly funded building project in the history of North Dakota. If you do, you’re right on both counts.

Free Estimating Webinar: Technology Empowered Estimating

Information technology and automation have converted construction project estimating from an arcane and sometimes mysterious art to an art-and-science process that can be standardized (individually, for each company) and reliably repeated.

Federal Court Blocks FCC’s Municipal Broadband Push

After a series of net-neutrality victories for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in federal court, the agency was handed a significant defeat on Aug. 11, 2016, in the battle for municipal broadband networks.

Bidding Efficiency

Estimators are the link between the contractor and the customer, the project and the contract, the company and its revenue. While only a percentage of estimates yield a project, contractors know each one needs to be treated as a sure thing.

Energy-Efficiency Investment Flourishes Worldwide

In the realm of emerging technologies, investment is a strong barometer of momentum. According to one recent study, investment in building energy efficiency points to rapidly growing momentum in the field.