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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. 

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

In the age of sustainability, every conceivable energy source gets equal consideration. Just as wind and solar power have had their growing pains, other viable sources will, too.

In December, I spoke at the International Drone Expo in Los Angeles. The Expo lived up to its name as to being “International” in scope.

The Sisters in Solidarity (SIS) group of IBEW Local No. 292, Minneapolis, was formed in 2013. SIS is a mentoring and support group for women electricians that focuses on developing leadership in its community and union.

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High-Performance Contracting

Compete with your skills, not with your wallet: The design/build project delivery method continues to catch on, but many end-users don’t realize there are variations on the basic model; for example, high-performance contracting is considered one of the subsets of design/build and an offshoot of perf


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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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To Thieves, It's as Good as Gold

According to the Los Angeles Times, methamphetamine addiction and rapid growth in China are two of the main reasons behind a recent upsurge in copper thefts nationwide.


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If the IRS Were an Animal ...

Spending tax season at the zoo: Remember the party game where you asked, “If you could be any animal, which one would you be?” In honor of the spring tax season, here are a few glimpses of the Internal Revenue Service, morphing into the roles of different animals.


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Successful Succession Planning

More than a third of Americans will be disabled for more than three months at some time in their working lives; most electrical contracting businesses are heavily dependent on top management. Could your business survive your absence for days, weeks, months or permanently?


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Breaking into Residential Design/Build

In the realm of design/build, residential work has been the road less traveled, since the majority of electrical contractors have chosen to beat a path to the larger and more lucrative commercial/industrial/institutional (CII) projects of this kind, but that may be changing.


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