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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. 

Research conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that more expensive fines for workplace-safety violations are likely to send stronger messages to employers to improve workplace-safety efforts.


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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue several new final rules in early 2016, according to a November article in The National Law Review.

At the 2015 NECA Show in San Francisco, a panel of judges representing different industry disciplines selected 23 Showstopper Award winners from 188 entries displayed in the Showstopper Showcase area. Judging was completed prior to the exhibition hall’s opening on the first day of the show.

More on Your Business Building Indiana Wind Farm To Power Cloud Services is building a 150-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Benton County, Ind., which will supply electricity for its Amazon Web Services (AWS). That amount of energy could power 46,000 households.

Art Shining Brighter in D.C.

Designed in 1858 by James Renwick Jr., who designed the Smithsonian Institution’s Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., was the first purpose-built art museum in the United States and originally housed William Corcoran’s art collection.

‘Groundbreaking’ New Utility Models For New York

As more distributed energy technologies have been created in recent years, opportunities for electrical contractors to install and maintain the equipment have grown. However, while the trend is seen as positive for the customers and contractors, utilities are losing sales of their power.

Origins Of Deception

The first two columns in this series provided an overview of occupational fraud and suggestions for tightening internal controls to protect your electrical contracting business.

USDA Announces Funding For Rural Electric Infrastructure Projects

It can be easy to forget that, in rural areas, the way electricity is transmitted can be more old-fashioned than in urban landscapes. Now, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made the money available to bring these systems into the 21st century. 

Expect the Unexpected: McWilliams Electric Co.

Fun comes in all forms at the Annual Septemberfest every Labor Day weekend in Schaumburg, Ill.

Community-Shared Solar On The Rise

It is no coincidence that renewable industries have evolved in tandem with the digital economy. They share many qualities that have helped define their success, including an innovative and socially conscious form of inclusiveness that empowers even the most marginalized among us.