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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. 

Renewable generation and energy-storage technology have evolved at a similar pace in recent years. Their mutually beneficial relationship is no mystery.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) current and future confidence indexes both inched backward in May, signifying a potential return to the status quo, though currently both indexes remain in the “expansionary range.”

I scheduled the whole day to finish the restaurant takeoff. I even came in a bit early. Of course, just as I start counting, the phone rings. It’s my foreman on the strip mall project. The utility company has not shown up to turn on the power. I jump on the phone to track down the company.

After nearly a decade of inching upwards, the national median home value finally surpassed pre-recession levels. According to Zillow Research, in March, the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) hit $197,100, passing the pre-recession peak of $196,600 from April 2007.

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Second Annual National Apprenticeship Week Celebrated Across U.S.

The United States celebrated the second annual National Apprenticeship Week from Nov. 14–20, 2016. The week consisted of hundreds of events across the country, all of which focused on the role apprentices play in the modern workforce, and how they help businesses grow.


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Ahead Of The Curve

Understanding and accepting 
change is important in any walk of life, but especially so in electrical construction. I’ve seen how innovations in technology have affected the men and women in my business, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.


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