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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. 

I begin this month’s column with an acknowledgement that should come as no surprise: I’ve learned a lot over the years that I have been involved with NECA and especially during the years I have been its president. One important lesson: There is often more to something than meets the eye.


Electrical contractors have volunteered and donated to charitable organizations and other causes for decades. In more recent years, contractors have embraced giving at a personal level. O’Connell Electric Co.


Thirty-four classes are offered throughout the convention (as part of a full NECA registration or as a separate education package). Preconvention workshops are offered Oct. 6–7; they require a separate preregistration and fee.

Did you see the Great American Solar eclipse of 2017? So cool! At the electrical Contractor office just north of Washington, D.C., we wore our NASA-approved eclipse safety glasses to watch the moon block out about 80 percent of the sun.

More on Your Business

 
Curing the Blues

Estimating got you down? Giving you the blues? Trust me, I know how you feel. But don’t get too depressed. There’s a cure just up ahead at the crossroads. Perhaps you can make a deal with someone who is waiting there. Though I don’t recommend selling your soul for estimating.


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Coming to a Web Site Near You

Having just come back from two weeks of working with different standards-making organizations, the NFPA and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), it seemed appropriate to share the good news with those who aren’t able to participate.


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Promises to Keep

As electrical contractors face an uncertain marketplace,it is tempting to cut marketing and advertising expenses.


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What You Don't See

In our April column, we discussed the cost of accidents. We demonstrated the amount of work the electrical contractor must perform in order to recover the cost of an accident. Therefore, safety becomes an economic, legal, contractual and business issue.


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Proposed Power Plant Would Aid Southeast Texas Area

According to a report conducted by The Perryman Group, an economic and financial analysis firm based in Waco, Texas, the construction and operation of Exelon’s proposed nuclear power facility in Southeast Texas would not just increase energy reliability.


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Accent Energy Launches Conserve|Earn

Accent Energy, a Dublin, Ohio-based energy supplier, has developed a new program that actually pays customers for using less energy. Through Conserve|Earn, the amount of the refund is based on how much energy a customer saves as compared to the previous year.


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An Educated Guess

Conceptual estimating is one of the oldest forms of project quality control and preproject planning. Today, a majority of the conceptual elements are now being performed by technology as opposed to human creativity and inspiration.


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