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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. 

Few one-trick ponies exist in the digital age. As cell phones have become portable computers, other devices also have taken on multiple functions.

This article is the fifth in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. Click here for part five.

Something I’ve thought a lot about since I became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the value of membership in our association. I want to know more about our members’ perception of the value they want and receive from NECA.

In early 2015, the IBEW/NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, Ill., started building a 250-acre on-site facility, the Renewable Energy Training Field (RETF).

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Taking Stock of the Stock Market

A lot has changed since Dow and Jones teamed up in 1896 A few years ago, tracking your stock market investments required a simple review of daily values in The Wall Street Journal or your local paper.

The Man with the $200,000 Smile

Ask half a dozen of Bob Colgan’s acquaintances about the man who has been the Babe Ruth of the Toledo electric community for 40-plus years and you’ll hear two things: “First, he’s an honest man with great integrity whose word is his bond.

Kicking Tires

Trade shows are a great place to learn The annual rites of summer’s last gasp: the Labor Day barbecue, returning the kids to school and preparing for the NECA convention. The annual show is good opportunity for estimators to see the industry’s new products.

A Big Responsibility

Recently, a contractor in Iowa called me and asked if I knew about a Code change on A-based meters that was published in this magazine. A friend had borrowed his copy and he couldn’t get the information.

Lost at Sea Without a Compass

Ambiguities, vagueness in contracts can be disastrous Drafting construction contracts takes skill. Interpreting someone else’s contract can be equally challenging, and more so if clauses can be read to have multiple, possibly contradictory meanings.

A Visitor's Guide to the City of Angels

The annual NECA Convention and Trade Show makes its first visit to Los Angeles next month, and there couldn’t be a better time to visit the City of Angels.