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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. 

The holiday giving season is here, and the news stories about pay-to-play corruption and uncertainty surrounding how tax law changes will affect business deductions have made the process an ethical slippery slope.
 Gift or bribe?

Despite bipartisan requests from members of Congress and 19 state attorneys general to delay, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held its vote on December 14 to repeal its net neutrality rules, and as expected, it passed with a vote of 3–2.

Training session at Flir's Infrared Training Center

Advances in thermal imagers are affecting the way electricians monitor the operation of electrical systems.

Debate continues this morning over a Senate tax reform proposal, and a final vote is soon to follow. The Senate version of the tax plan is much friendlier to renewables and electric vehicles than its House counterpart.

More on Your Business

A Job Well Done - But Not Finished

The way some people tell it, a dramatic decline in construction fatalities can be attributed to only one thing: high unemployment and a decrease in building activity during the economic downturn, resulting in fewer people being exposed to hazards on construction sites. Those people are wrong.

A Healthy Takeoff

I recently spent a lot of time with a family member in a hospital. Not to worry. Everyone is fine, but while waiting for doctors and nurses to tell me what was going on, I couldn’t help but check out all the electrical installations that I’ve estimated so many times. I know. I’m sick.


Financial planning and strategizing during chaotic economic times is like white-water rafting without a paddle. As you bounce between rocks, holding tight and hoping your craft doesn’t spring a leak, you analyze your situation.

The Water-Energy Nexus

Looking to cut back on your energy use? Try watering the grass a day or two less each week. And you say water efficiency is becoming more important to you? Try turning off a few lights and setting back the air conditioning.

Get Out - and Stay Out!

Two technology entrepreneurs in 1940s Palo Alto, Calif., pioneered a wide-open approach to running their rapidly rising business that became a de facto trademark of its operating style and a darling concept among management gurus.

Supply of Submarine Cable to Face Significant Strain

The high-voltage submarine cable market is, by all definitions, a niche market with few purchasers and even fewer manufacturers and installers.

Today's Wired Classrooms

Some things in education remain the same--—it’s all still really about reading, writing and arithmetic. But the way those and other subjects are taught has evolved significantly since many of us spent time in a classroom.