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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. 

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It's an irony of moder construction that, to deliver power to a job site, an electrical contractor must first establish temporary power.

Siemens has opened submissions for its fourth annual Engineering Innovation Award for Fire and Life Safety design.

It can be safely said that 2016 has been a memorable year in Washington, D.C. Everything the experts knew about politics was turned upside down and inside out as the election results broke nearly every rule we have ever known.

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These days, almost anything for the home can be automated. Door locks, window blinds, switches, toasters—all are available as "smart devices" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite this bevy of products, they can’t all work together.

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NECA Transmissions

This month, NECA CEO John Grau launched his new web blog, NECA Transmissions; "NECA Transmissions isn't just a blog about the association," he said. " I want NECA Transmissions to continue the conversations I had with contractors and chapter leaders at several recent NECA meetings.


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The State of Your Estate

Planning to pass on ownership: The equity in a privately held business is usually the largest asset in the owner’s personal estate, and many owners fail to maintain and update documents that coordinate the business with their personal financial plans; make sure that doesn’t happen to you.


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Electroindustry Confidence Index Rises in February

February was a healthy month for the electroindustry, and the future appears bright as well, according to senior industry executives responding to National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) monthly Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) survey; seven of the eight EBCI indices imp


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Attention to Detail

Because everything’s connected—somewhere: Do you know what integrated systems are and how to estimate them? They’re not really that different from standard low-voltage systems, but they require more attention to the drawing details and specifications.


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Illinois Rate Increases Predicted to Diminish State Economy

There is currently a battlefor electricity rates in Illinois; the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), a nonprofit utility watchdog organization created by the state legislature, has called on state lawmakers to roll back the increases recently imposed by utilities, ComEd and Ameren.


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Design/Build: New Opportunities & New Alliances

The great strength of design/build (DB) and design/build-assist (DB-A) contract arrangements is the holistic view they encourage of the building process.


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At the Bitter End

The law of default terminations: Except for instrumentation contractors, “termination” is a bad word, and default termination is worse; typically, but not always, a default termination arises from delay issues: The contractor is slow and will not increase his manpower, or completion dates have passe


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