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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. 

A mentor can mean the difference between success and failure as a business owner. Whether your electrical contracting business is new or has existed for generations, you can always learn from other entrepreneurs.

Innovation and entrepreneurialism are driving forces in the age of renewable power and digital technology. When it comes to thinking outside of the box, the city of Portland, Ore., has a well-earned reputation.


General Cable FrogHide UltraFlex outdoor extension cord

Electrical extension cords aren’t exactly “tools” in the traditional sense, but they are essential on many jobs to power tools and temporary lighting, for bringing power from generators to field offices, and for many other uses.


In the global battle against climate change, renewable targets have been an indispensable weapon. National, state and local governments have set targets for renewable power and continue to raise the bar as those targets are met.

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Use the Right Tool
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It can save hours of work and a lot of money While doing some construction work recently, I needed a tool that was in my truck, but didn’t feel like going to get it. So I tried to “make do” with what I had in my toolbox.

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Bringing Hope to Families
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In the spring of 2003, Rob Finn, president of Service Electric Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Marvin Foote, business manager of IBEW Local 305, noticed an industry publication that announced nearby Lutheran Hospital was requesting monetary donations to build a Children’s Hope Hospitality House (CHHH).

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E-J Electric Installation Co. delivers Major League Upgrades
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On April 17, 1964, a crowd of more than 48,000 fans gathered in the Flushing Meadows neighborhood to witness the New York Mets play the first game at their new home in Shea Stadium.

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Taking Stock of the Stock Market
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A lot has changed since Dow and Jones teamed up in 1896 A few years ago, tracking your stock market investments required a simple review of daily values in The Wall Street Journal or your local paper.

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The Man with the $200,000 Smile
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Ask half a dozen of Bob Colgan’s acquaintances about the man who has been the Babe Ruth of the Toledo electric community for 40-plus years and you’ll hear two things: “First, he’s an honest man with great integrity whose word is his bond.

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Kicking Tires
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Trade shows are a great place to learn The annual rites of summer’s last gasp: the Labor Day barbecue, returning the kids to school and preparing for the NECA convention. The annual show is good opportunity for estimators to see the industry’s new products.

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A Big Responsibility
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Recently, a contractor in Iowa called me and asked if I knew about a Code change on A-based meters that was published in this magazine. A friend had borrowed his copy and he couldn’t get the information.

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