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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. 

So what is all the buzz about drones? The buzz could be the drone itself, which can sound like a swarm of bees flying overhead. However, the media buzz is more about drones delivering pizza or your latest online order directly to your doorstep.

Today, electrical systems and lighting technology are in a constant state of development. However, the big companies aren’t always responsible for the brightest ideas. Sometimes, the independent inventors who work in the trade create the products that advance existing technology. Curious? Proceed.

Delucchi carried this coffee mug during his tour as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq.

Bill Delucchi was a brand-new apprentice when he first dreamed of starting his own company. In the traditional wisdom of that classic expression, “find a need and fill it,” he saw a need and knew how to fill it.

While electrical contractors demonstrate proficiency in completing electrical projects, the process of prospecting for leads, securing contract opportunities and promoting their skills to targeted audiences are necessary components of a thriving business.

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Leveraging Social Media Can Seriously Boost Your Business

I’ve been in the electrical trade for over 17 years. I’ve worked as a helper, a journeyman, a service manager and a marketing director.

Lakeview Amphitheater on the shore of Onondaga Lake seats 5,000 attendees in the pavilion and 12,500 on the lawn.
Showtime by the Lake: O'Connell Electric

On September 3, 2015, only days after construction was completed, a sold-out crowd of 17,500 people at the Lakeview Amphitheater on Onondaga Lake cheered as country music star Miranda Lambert took the stage.

BIM's Future Continues to Look Up

A report published in April by Allied Market Research, titled "World Building Information Modeling (BIM) Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2015–2022," forecasts that the world BIM market will generate revenues of $11.7 billion by 2022, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.6 pe

Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary

The press has had much to say about the death spirals on the way for the 
electric-utility industry, thanks to the rapid proliferation of rooftop solar panels and other distributed-energy resources.

Cash Out and Pass the Baton to the Next Generation: Understanding Exit Planning and Succession

In running your electrical contracting business, there is only one guarantee: you eventually will exit—either voluntarily or involuntarily. The day will come when you will have to say goodbye.

There Is No Equal ... Or Is There?

Let’s say you had a specification that expressly required you to provide a Honda Civic by name but then clearly described a Chevy Blazer. Do you provide the name brand as listed, or do you provide a vehicle that meets the detailed description?

Finding Success Through Succession

While embraced by Fortune 500 companies, succession planning isn’t often front and center for private and smaller firms. It can be even rarer in the construction trades as daily operations often overtake time for business development.