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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. 

All the hype surrounding smart grid technology masks a painful reality: Change is often disruptive. While the evolution of digital technology in the energy sector hasn’t always been easy for consumers, it is equally challenging for utilities.


In the first two columns of this series, I defined working capital, reviewed its underlying components and analyzed some of the factors affecting the rate at which it cycles through your business.

After seeing tremendous success with its inaugural event, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has expanded its National Fall Prevention Stand-Down to two weeks in 2015.

Thomas Edison got it wrong. He predicted that everyone who pinned their hopes on the future of alternating current was just wasting their time.

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