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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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The Family Business in Transition
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How does a family business exist? In this world of business conglomerates with clearly defined structures, and multicultural specialty workforces, how can family business survive? In the United States there are 22.4 million businesses and 90 percent are family owned and/or managed.

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Why Not Wireless?
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It’s nonsense that electrical contractors, traditionally a cable-and-wire bound profession, can do without wireless.

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Partnering with Your Distributor
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Electrical contractors traditionally have a lot to say about how their distributors could make their lives easier. Problems range from not getting all the parts in one shipment to delivery delays to emergency service failures—all of which cost time and money.

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Professional Gloom
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June in Southern California means that the weather is usually cloudy most mornings; residents have come to call the period “June gloom.” This summer’s industry publications brought a different kind of gloom to estimators, no matter what the geography.

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The Pros and Cons of Arbitration
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Whether to arbitrate is not normally a question. If your contract has a written arbitration clause, you must arbitrate. If not, you can pursue your claims in court. So, what do you need to know about the process? Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in 1925.

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Keeping the Cash Register Humming
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Have a backup solution for when the lights go out It has been several months since the “Blackout of 2003” captured headlines around the world.

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The Great Debate: Security vs. Privacy
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Perhaps the most prominent issue in the retail and systems industries is balancing security versus privacy. The debate can get quite heated, sometimes even emotional.

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