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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. 

Jason Glover of Thompson Electric explains how the controls work for a city water system.

How early is too early to get youth interested in a career in electrical contracting? According to management at Thompson Electric Co. (Sioux City, Iowa), fifth grade may not be too early.

Flir C2 pocket-size thermal camera

Most tradespeople love gadgets. This is a report about interesting tools and devices not necessarily categorized for electrical work, but which electricians may find useful. 

The opioid epidemic is one of the biggest health crises facing the United States, and it has shown no sign of slowing down.

Last week, Dodge Data & Analytics released its "2018 Dodge Construction Outlook" report, predicting total U.S. construction starts will climb 3 percent in 2018 to $765 billion.

More on Your Business

Walking the Job

Job walks are one of my least favorite things.


Gen. Colin Powell said, “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” Would this philosophy improve financial decision-making in an electrical contracting business? It worked in my family’s contracting business, though I didn’t realize it at the time.

Dominion to Convert Three Coal-Fired Stations to Biomass

Dominion Virginia Power, a utility for Virginia, is planning to convert three power stations from using coal to biomass, a renewable-energy source.

GE Lighting Hits the Road on Nationwide Tour

The future of lighting—with an emphasis on the potential of light-emitting diode (LED), fluorescent, halogen and ceramic metal halide lighting systems—is on the move.

A Cooperative Effort Weathered Tornadoes in North Carolina

Spring roared in like an angry lion, crashing through many states, including North Carolina. The state experienced its worst tornadoes in more than 20 years.

Swimming Through the Swamp

I’m not a huge fan of estimating water treatment plants (WTPs). On one hand, they are typically refined, well-engineered and highly detailed.


The need for security drives financial planning. Business owners attempt to ensure the survival of their operations by preparing for likely events and asserting control over the future.