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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. 

Few one-trick ponies exist in the digital age. As cell phones have become portable computers, other devices also have taken on multiple functions.

This article is the fifth in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. Click here for part five.

Something I’ve thought a lot about since I became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the value of membership in our association. I want to know more about our members’ perception of the value they want and receive from NECA.

In early 2015, the IBEW/NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, Ill., started building a 250-acre on-site facility, the Renewable Energy Training Field (RETF).

More on Your Business

Saving Time and Money

With urgent deliveries to dozens of job sites around the area and your customers depending on you for the timely completion of their projects, your fleet cannot afford to be on the sidelines.

Closing the Circle

We get so used to terms of art in our professions that we sometimes fail to understand that others do not subscribe to the same definitions. “Field engineering” is one example. Does that term simply mean field routing or does it also imply some degree of design effort?

Marketing for Integrated Building Systems

Marketing for Integrated Building Systems (IBS) requires two separate discussions: What is marketing exactly? And how do I branch out into IBS? Regarding marketing: “Its purpose is to create a customer,” said Peter Drucker, an American business philosopher and author on marketing.

PV: Advances and Latest Opportunities

Advances in Photovoltaic (PV) materials and manufacturing processes are resulting in increased interest in the application of PV technology in buildings.

Door 1 (Court) or Door 2 (Arbitration)?

The amount of misleading and incorrect information about arbitration could fill a bookshelf.

Combining Forces

When did your company last integrate a fire alarm system with another building-control or security system? Most electrical contractors would find it hard to answer that question.

The Latest in Transportation Project Lighting

Based on figures from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., the market for roadway fixtures is growing at about 5 to 6 percent a year. According to David B.