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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. 

As the landscape of electricity generation in the United States evolves, natural gas continues to account for an increasing share of the mix.

If you have kept up with the 2017 Nobel prizes, you know three Americans won the prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

Here’s an undeniable truth I’ve learned over the years: When one chapter ends, another is right around the corner. That’s especially true now for me and the National Electrical Contractors Association.


This month, I expand on “Do You Trust the Drawings?” by talking more about establishing the scope of work included in your estimates. Let’s start with verbal instructions.

More on Your Business

 
Ethical Gift Giving

The holiday giving season is here, and the news stories about pay-to-play corruption and uncertainty surrounding how tax law changes will affect business deductions have made the process an ethical slippery slope.
 Gift or bribe?



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Training session at Flir's Infrared Training Center
Cool Tools: Thermal Imaging Training

Advances in thermal imagers are affecting the way electricians monitor the operation of electrical systems.


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Senate Version Of Tax Reform Spares Benefits For Renewables And Electric Vehicles

Debate continues this morning over a Senate tax reform proposal, and a final vote is soon to follow. The Senate version of the tax plan is much friendlier to renewables and electric vehicles than its House counterpart.


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Eggs and Baskets: Retirement Portfolio Diversification

If you take your MRI to a dozen doctors, you may get several different opinions about the cause of your back pain. Likewise, if you take your financial picture to a dozen financial planners, you may get several different opinions about how you should invest your money.


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Flir C2 pocket-size thermal camera
Cool Tools: Gadgets 2017

Most tradespeople love gadgets. This is a report about interesting tools and devices not necessarily categorized for electrical work, but which electricians may find useful. 



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2018 Dodge New Construction Outlook Predicts 3 Percent Increase

Last week, Dodge Data & Analytics released its "2018 Dodge Construction Outlook" report, predicting total U.S. construction starts will climb 3 percent in 2018 to $765 billion.


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Austin Tiny House Village for the Homeless Set to Expand

It was announced this week that Alan Graham, the CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit group, plans to raise $60 million in donations to expand Community First!


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