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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. 

For the last two months, I have offered information on choosing an honest, responsible financial adviser. But all investments involve some element of risk, and scam artists can victimize even the most sophisticated clients.

Four out of five clean-energy workers in New York state focus on energy efficiency, according to a new report published by Environmental Entrepreneurs (a national nonpartisan business group), the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, the New York State Sustainable Business Council and New Yorkers for

Ideal insulated tools in pouch

Safety practices dictate that power lines and equipment must be de-energized before electricians can work on them. Only qualified people are permitted to work on live circuits under special circumstances, and they must use proper safety protection and equipment, which includes insulated tools.


Technology is all about opportunity and innovation convergence. In a poor, rural, Southern California school district, officials saw an opportunity to meet a critical need for internet access and came up with an innovative solution, using one of its most plentiful resources.


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Utility Offers Green Option

Customers of NSTAR Electric, a Massachusetts electric utility, who want to support renewable energy and reduce their impact on the environment have a new option: NSTAR Green.


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NECA Delegation Takes Europe By Surprise

I took a quick trip to Rome shortly before heading to our NECA convention and the trade show. NECA CEO John Grau and ELECTRI International President Russ Alessi accompanied me.


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'Tis the Season to Promote Your Business

Never start in December what you can put off until January seems to be the mantra in some corners of the construction industry. As a result, the winter holiday period runs the danger of becoming one of the least profitable months of the year.


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Update Your Mind

If your schedule is anything like mine, you have tons of time to surf the Web and research all the new technology and features offered by the many different estimating software companies.


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Checking Your Financial Pulse, Part I

If you haven't taken your company’s financial pulse recently, it’s time to review your system for analyzing financial information.


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The False Claims Boomerang

Daewoo Engineering & Construction Company versus United States, 73 Fed. Ct. 547 (2006) involved a claim for excess costs on an Army Corps of Engineers project. A lengthy trial resulted in an award of $50 million against Daewoo for fraud.


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Efficient Use of Efficiency

In the September issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, there was an Industry Watch story titled “Efficiency from the Wall to the PC,” about an organization that is campaigning for more efficient power “cords.” There was a reference to a quote indicating only 50 percent of the power that leaves the outlet


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