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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. 

Electrical contractors that perform a lot of hospital work, especially lighting projects, may have a whole new type of work to look forward to in the future.

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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

In February, the Florida Power and Light Co. (FPL) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) completed one of American professional sports’ largest solar-power installations.


As I wrote in Part I of this article: “There is no such thing as a new $5,000 Rolls-Royce. If you want the quality, the engineering and the performance, you need to pay for it. Good intelligent infrastructure is no different.”

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Things That Go Boom in the Night

A true story of the not-so-well grounded The first part of power qualityis monitoring what is happening and determining why; the second part is finding a solution that eliminates the problem and doesn’t create a new one. Sometimes, the first part can be done even without a power quality monitor.


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Small Businesses Seek More Resources

Although banks are traditionally the place where small businesses go in search of financing or help in maintaining cash flow, according to an article in Associated Content, some small businesses are seeking out alternative sources of funding and advice.  One such alternative source is an account rec


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NECA Raising Electrical Industry Standards

In the nine years since the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) set out to produce technical manuals defining precisely what the National Electrical Code means by installing products and systems in a “neat and workmanlike” manner, our association has become a major standards-developi


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Millennium Management :

Beyond Traditional Training Workers have been promoted from cogs in the manufacturing machinery to mini-CEOs under the corporate umbrella, building a web of interlocking dependent relationships like spiders waiting for unwary customers to alight and be consumed.


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The Truth About Lies

Some chicanery has legal ramifications, some does not


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Marketing Strategies for Today's Turnkey Contractor

Before we can market ourselves, we have to establish a base line. That will require us to develop an understanding of what we are marketing and, above all, who we are. Many contractors identify themselves as being in the electrical business or in the construction trade business.


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Power to the People

Maintaining your most valuable resource  As a business owner, people are your most important asset, but they are often the most neglected. If you aren’t developing their potential, you may as well stop changing the oil in your trucks and paying the utility bills for your office.


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