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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. 

Election Day is right around the corner. That probably isn’t news to you, but it is essential to be aware of what’s at stake and to consider the issues that are important to you, your business and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).


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ETAJ training coordinator Danny VanSickle and instructor Sanders Masters help deliver a trailer full of donated goods to flood victims.

Between Aug. 12–22, an unnamed storm damaged more than 150,000 southern Louisiana homes. Gov. John Bel Edwards said part of the state received more rain in 48 hours than the Mississippi River discharges into the Gulf of Mexico in 18 days.

Construction jobs are on the rise according to an analysis of Department of Labor (DOL) data released by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America on Oct., 21 2016. From September 2015 to September 2016, 35 states added construction jobs.

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Oklahoma, Kansas Connect

Transmission took another step forward recently. The Oklahoma City-based OG&E Electric Services announced its plans to construct the Oklahoma portion of a new 345-kV transmission line from north-central Oklahoma to a substation near Wichita, Kan.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Mind the GAAP

You may know accountants follow generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), but you may not know how the GAAP evolved.