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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. 

Election Day is right around the corner. That probably isn’t news to you, but it is essential to be aware of what’s at stake and to consider the issues that are important to you, your business and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).


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

ETAJ training coordinator Danny VanSickle and instructor Sanders Masters help deliver a trailer full of donated goods to flood victims.

Between Aug. 12–22, an unnamed storm damaged more than 150,000 southern Louisiana homes. Gov. John Bel Edwards said part of the state received more rain in 48 hours than the Mississippi River discharges into the Gulf of Mexico in 18 days.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is circulating a draft petition to be used by applicants for up to $1 million in funding for community microgrids in the state.

More on Your Business

Breathing Room

Contract language may not give you much leeway There are two equally important concepts in contract law that every contractor needs to know: What does the law mean and how is it applied?  

New Orleans Extends Controversial Emergency Ordinance

NEW ORLEAN'S controversial emergency ordinance allowing owners of residential properties to waive city electrical inspections expired July 31, but three days later the city council voted to extend the measure until Dec. 31, 2006.

Increasing Market Share

Tactics for improving market share and profits Last month’s article, “Shifting Markets,” introduced today’s market reality in the electrical construction industry.

Transmission Congestion Threatens to Clog Power Grid

Inadequate investment in the power grid transmission network remains the Achilles’ heel of the nation’s electric system, according to an engineer who specializes in utility policy at the University of Illinois (UI).

Estimating the NECA Show

New labor-saving products are out there In just a few short weeks, the NECA Show, hosted by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), will be underway in Boston. Are you attending? Will your estimators be attending?

The More You Know

Looking into the origin of disturbances In last month’s issue, we reviewed three types of power quality disturbances that could result in blinking lights.

Managing the Flow

The Federal Reserve Board has a new chairman, new housing construction is slowing, the new bankruptcy law makes it difficult to avoid creditors and unemployment levels seem to fluctuate daily.