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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. 

Google has made public new agreements to buy renewable energy to power its operations, according to an article in The New York Times. This will almost double its current green-energy promises.


Do you ever wonder if your attitudes about money are normal? Your family, culture and level of financial literacy influence your relationship with money and attitudes about accumulating, using and managing your finances.

Congress has been active recently on legislation that concerns electrical contractors. 


Mobile scanner for Dynamic Systems CheckMate Toolroom system

Keeping track of tools—whether just a few or hundreds—is a challenge that computers have made much easier. Software developed specifically for managing tools and equipment has replaced simple lists and spreadsheets.

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Powering Motor Control Centers

Motor control centers are now being designed that provide the best alternative for grouping motor control, associated control and distribution equipment.


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Are You Ready?

In my December column, I recommended you review last year’s estimating strategy. By examining what worked and the reasons for losses, you understand how to be more successful next year. Well, guess what? It is next year and the estimating clock started ticking two weeks ago.


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Construction Outlook 2006

As 2005 came to a close, many economists blamed a cloudy future on a femme fatale named Katrina. Anthropomorphism, giving human characteristics to something inanimate, is a tricky device, usually frowned upon in writing.


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Of Course I Have a Backup Generator

At a recent National Electrical Code taskforce meeting dealing with mission-critical facilities relative to scenarios proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, the main concern seemed to be “you can’t test critical facilities.


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A Promising Prognosis

A number of factors are fueling a nationwide surge in healthcare facility construction and improvements, including updating aging facilities, changing workforce needs and growing consumer demands for specialty services.


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Up for Grabs

Two trends are converging for electrical contractors that offer lucrative opportunities—building owners are increasingly investing in intelligent building technology while, on the other hand, they are contracting out for building maintenance once done by company employees.


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Where Did the Money Go?

This unfortunate circumstance occurs every day: A company, concerned about mounting claims and litigation against it, decides to get rid of its assets by conveying them to the company owners, shareholders and others.


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