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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. 

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.

According to new information from the annual State of the Industry survey conducted by Klein Tools, Lincolnshire, Ill., electricians continue to be in high demand, and most in the industry are not concerned that the rise of new technologies will significantly impact job security.

Roughly 11,000 people are without power today as a result of extreme winds and multiple wildfires burning throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California.

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One Swallow Does Not a Spring Make

Once two parties have negotiated and signed a contract, that document’s terms and specifications are supposed to be unalterable, except by further mutual agreement.


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Resilience

By now, most New Year’s resolutions have been forgotten, but the ability to “re-solve” and respond to changing conditions is imperative for your business in these uncertain times. For the remainder of 2011, these columns will form a 10-part series using the acronym RESOLUTION.


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Tell It Like It Is, Even If It's Bad

Last month, I promised to resume commenting on the more serious aspects of electrical contracting. One of those nuggets from my list of suggestions for improving one’s life, slightly modified, serves as a good lead-in: “Your goals and your ‘comfort zone’ should always be in conflict.”


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North American EBCI Firmly in Expansionary Territory in January

The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions, conducted by the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA), continued to point to a broadly improving environment in January.


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Bandwidth-Intensive Applications Fueling Worldwide Broadband Growth

As use of the Internet grows more sophisticated and complex, so does the need for greater capacity and faster downloads. It is only fitting, then, that users are signing up for broadband at a rate that can be described as nothing short of high-speed.


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Low-Voltage Training Roundup

Buildings and their individual systems—electrical, lighting, mechanical, communication, security, and fire and life safety—are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and the demand to integrate these systems for improved building operation and energy management is growing.


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North American Business Conditions Indexes Close on Upswing

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions climbed for a second consecutive month in December, rising 5.5 points to 68, its highest level since June.


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