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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. 

A mentor can mean the difference between success and failure as a business owner. Whether your electrical contracting business is new or has existed for generations, you can always learn from other entrepreneurs.

Innovation and entrepreneurialism are driving forces in the age of renewable power and digital technology. When it comes to thinking outside of the box, the city of Portland, Ore., has a well-earned reputation.


General Cable FrogHide UltraFlex outdoor extension cord

Electrical extension cords aren’t exactly “tools” in the traditional sense, but they are essential on many jobs to power tools and temporary lighting, for bringing power from generators to field offices, and for many other uses.


In the global battle against climate change, renewable targets have been an indispensable weapon. National, state and local governments have set targets for renewable power and continue to raise the bar as those targets are met.

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Utilities Harnessing Microgrids

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The power generation environment is changing, and so are the systems used to transmit and store that resource. Microgrids are emerging as one of the key components in the new energy landscape.


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It's A Good Thing
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Last month we talked about why bid listing laws are a good thing. In summary, general contractors use bid shopping to take profit from the subcontractors and keep those profits for themselves. Bid listing laws are a very effective way of stopping post-award bid shopping. 


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Bring the Light
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Construction work often must be done in areas without power and, therefore, without adequate light. Also, it often must be done outside at night.

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'Double-Handling' Can Be A Good Thing
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We appreciate all of the positive response to the new format for our column in which we interview industry leaders about key issues that may alter the future of electrical construction.

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Consulting The Professionals
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Retirement planning is complicated, with many risks and legal pitfalls. It is worth investing time and money with a financial adviser who specializes in retirement. A little preparation will help you get ready for your first meeting and result in a plan that fits your expectations and goals.


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Megger MIT series insulation testers
Cool Tools: Insulation Testers
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Every home, business and industrial facility contains electrical wires that bring in and distribute power for lighting, heating and cooling systems; for computers and other equipment, such as motors and generators; and for multiple other purposes.

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Ideas That Work: Bag Organization, Bottling Blades and More
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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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