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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. 

As renewable energy strives 
to become more competitive with traditional sources, success is measured in a variety of ways. By one of these measures, wind power is coming on strong.

Reality television, despite its smarmy nature, is cathartic for the viewers who wish they could say whatever they wanted to whenever they wanted to, without the usual filters of tact and diplomacy we use at home and at work.

The Sistine Chapel has an interesting history with light. For hundreds of years, it was primarily illuminated by candles, but the smoke left a layer of soot on the artwork, which had to be restored. Preserving Michelangelo’s masterpiece has been of prime concern.

Drilling holes is a routine task for electricians, and few electrical contractors (ECs) go to a job site without a good cordless drill in his or her tool kit.

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Tool Management Solutions
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Keeping track of company-owned tools has never been an easy task, even for very small firms. And for large organizations, effectively managing tools is a huge undertaking. “I started with our company as a driver,” said Rob Cherry, president of Osborne Electric in Oklahoma City.

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Employment Deficit Could Hit In 2004
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Could the shortage of skilled workers in electrical construction, voice/data/video (VDV) and integrated building systems (IBS) hit sooner than you think? As reported in the June and August issues of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, a shortage seems virtually certain for 2008-2010.

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Stopping the Profit Drain
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No one would put their profits on shelves each year to sit and lose value, but that is what many contractors do by ordering and keeping unnecessary inventory. Overordering of inventory costs electrical contractors thousands of dollars a year in lost profits.

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Searching for Greener Pastures
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It’s certainly no secret that many areas of the country are seeing less viable work to bid, and yet more competition for the jobs that are going ahead.

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Fiber to the World
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When Prof. Samuel B. Morse tapped out that first coded message on the key of the new telegraph machine, no one could have predicted where it would take us.

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When Information Equals Power
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Information is power, within reason, so today’s business environment puts a premium on such. We’re told that computers reduce paperwork; more often they increase it. And one of the biggest workplace complaints is the inability to catch up on business reading.

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Keeping It "Just Right"
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I read an article in the Birmingham Business Journal recently where the control of company inventory was compared to Goldilocks’ evaluation of the three bears’ porridge. If you have too little, your customers will disappear. If you have too much, your profits will vanish.

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