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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. 

Few one-trick ponies exist in the digital age. As cell phones have become portable computers, other devices also have taken on multiple functions.

This article is the fifth in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. Click here for part five.

Something I’ve thought a lot about since I became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the value of membership in our association. I want to know more about our members’ perception of the value they want and receive from NECA.

In early 2015, the IBEW/NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, Ill., started building a 250-acre on-site facility, the Renewable Energy Training Field (RETF).

More on Your Business

Senate Chamber ceiling and upper level with recessed and cove lighting fixtures were installed by Lynnwell.
A Congressional Experience

When a facility such as the Edward M. Kennedy Institute (EMKI) opens its doors to the public, the collaboration that made it a reality isn’t apparent.

How NECA And The IBEW Make Workforce Training Work

There is no longer any doubt that the construction industry has emerged from the long downturn that began more than seven years ago. That’s good news indeed.
 But, there’s some troubling news, too, depending on whom you ask—and where they’re working (or not).

AEMC 5233 Trms digital multimeter with function for nonelectric contact testing
Cool Tools: Digital Multimeters

In recent years, there has been a trend to increase functionality of many tools and testers that electricians use. The idea is that, if one tool can do multiple tasks, electricians will need fewer tools, which can mean a lighter tool belt or box.

BIM Saves Portland, Ore., Science Facility $10 Million

Building information modeling (BIM) software and digital collaboration tools saved approximately $10 million out of a $295 million budget on the recently completed Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) in Portland, Ore.

Chris Nichols, Vice President of Special Projects, Sequoyah Electric
Success Through Performance, Trust and Value

“Sequoyah” may look like an alternate spelling for the species of majestic trees that grace the landscape of the western United States.

EPA Clean Air Rules Will Change Everything

In August 2014, the U.S. Congress asked that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provide an analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. It would require states to develop methods to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission rates.

The Best Defense

Last month, the first column in this series introduced the topic of occupational fraud and its potential costs to electrical contractors. This month, you’ll find specific suggestions to help you minimize the risk of being victimized.