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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. 

Spreadsheet software is made for crunching numbers, but database programs are made for crunching data, and they do it better. Consider the following reasons why a database is a good platform for electrical estimating systems.


In August 2014, the U.S. Congress asked that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provide an analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. It would require states to develop methods to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission rates.

Once upon a time, owners hired an architect to draw up plans for a building and put the design out to bid, but that method is rapidly changing. Such design/bid/build (DBB) arrangements still may make up the majority of today’s project contracts, but just barely.

In May, Alan Steel, CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corp.

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