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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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Whole-Hog Asset Management
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Know when it’s time to sell ‘old bessie’ If you’re a typical electrical contractor, you’ve probably accumulated fixed assets as the business grew. Calculating ROA, or Return On Assets, will make you aware of just how fixed asset-heavy your company has become.

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Estimating the Cost of an Injury
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Hidden dangers lead to hidden costs Contractors don’t normally involve the estimating department in safety concerns except for those that affect the actual work of the estimator such as job site visits and the like.

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The Limits of FERCAiis Authority
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New utility business regulations could affect you Is electric transmission a natural monopoly or not? Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have authority over states and utilities to order restructuring and regulation of transmission systems?

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Oregon Electric learns The Value of Surge Protection
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As a four-alarm fire raged through an old, vacant produce warehouse on Jan. 20, 2002, plumes of heavy black smoke filled the air in southeast Portland, Ore. Under spitting rain, 150 firefighters battled the blaze as it tossed large chunks of fiery debris onto streets as far as two blocks away.

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Standardizing the Standards
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A different kind of harmony The Stevie Wonder/Paul McCartney classic “Ebony and Ivory” asked why we can’t live together in harmony.

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Open Spectrum Technology
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A quiet conversation in a noisy room The explosion of wireless applications in recent years has resulted in concern that the radio frequency (RF) spectrum is not broad enough to support future demands.

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The Test of Time
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Drug testing is more prevalent than it was just 10 years ago It’s not a popular subject for most electrical contractors. In fact, it tends to make employers and their electricians downright uncomfortable.

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