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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. 

Mobile scanner for Dynamic Systems CheckMate Toolroom system

Keeping track of tools—whether just a few or hundreds—is a challenge that computers have made much easier. Software developed specifically for managing tools and equipment has replaced simple lists and spreadsheets.

Bill Gates

As the debate over climate change continues, many figures in the tech industry have been among the most vocal in the fight against it. Now, many of the biggest names in the field are teaming up to form a climate change supergroup.


In November 2015, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) announced a short but comprehensive list of 13 steps to improve workplace safety.

Research conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that more expensive fines for workplace-safety violations are likely to send stronger messages to employers to improve workplace-safety efforts.


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The Tools of Maintenance

Each contractor generally has his own maintenance philosophy, but some parts are common for every contractor. For example, the overall goal should be to offer the most comprehensive service possible. To accomplish that goal, contractors need the proper tools.


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An Ounce of Prevention ...

Finding Planning time is difficult when you are chasing work in a competitive economy, and nearly impossible when you are booked to capacity.


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LEEDing Edge

Building owners are becoming increasingly interested in sustainable construction and having their buildings certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.


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Power Hour

Why don’t electrical contractors spend more time reviewing their financial statements? How much time does it really take to do a financial self-examination? Do you have to be an accountant or financial wizard to evaluate the status of your financial health? It might be easier than you think.


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Estimating Blind

As the economy stands on firmer ground, privately funded buildings are coming back to life, bringing a surge of design-build projects with it. This is very good news for estimators, because more buildings mean more work to bid on and win for the company.


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Pay Your Fees!

It is already the month of May—I know, I can’t believe it either—and the feeling of spring is in the air. Spring typically means warmer weather, longer days to get the estimates done and, of course, your annual tech support fees are due.


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A Field Guide

Written contract forms grow by mistakes. Contracting parties, particularly owners and architects, discover that some issue or dispute was not covered to their satisfaction. The next draft of the contract is supposed to take care of that perceived gap.


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