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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. 

It stands to reason that, in a desert state such as Arizona, solar power would be something of a no-brainer. But in Arizona, the issue of harnessing one of the most plentiful and valuable resources has caused a controversy.


I was recently following a forum discussion about issues related to using spreadsheet software for estimating. It turned into a spreadsheet–versus–database argument and got a little heated. The truth is both systems have a place in your estimating toolbox.


The United States is undergoing a major shift in the way it generates and consumes electricity. In the midst of such visible changes, strong metrics are enlightening—even if they are, in some ways, stating the obvious.


A prognosticator forecasting the end of electric utilities as we know them isn’t news. Economists and market researchers have been telling this fortune for several years. But when the people in charge of utilities corroborate those reports, it’s no longer a tale read in the tea leaves.

More on Your Business

 
Scapegoat or Hero?
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Scapegoating is a hostile social behavior by which people move blame and responsibility away from themselves and toward a target person or group. The target feels wrongly persecuted and receives misplaced vilification, blame and criticism.

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Sell and Market Your Company Actively
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Electrical contractors, historically speaking, are not avid fans of sales, marketing and promotion. However, the key word in that sweeping statement is “historically.” Things have changed and so should contractors and their views regarding such business management tools and techniques.

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Salt of the Earth
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Just outside of Rochester, N.Y., one of the oldest road salt mines in the world was flooded in the mid 1990s, and the owner eventually decided to close down the operation.

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Recouping Your Losses
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Often times a contracted project takes longer to complete and requires a larger budget than was originally planned. Many factors can be contributed to the increased duration and cost of a project. But who is responsible for such delays?

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Retrofit Project Provides Clean Energy
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Located in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Pinellas County Resource Recovery Facility (PCRRF) is a refuse-to-energy plant that is operated and maintained by Wheelabrator Pinellas Inc.

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If You Can't Beat 'Em...
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If your firm has fallen into the doldrums, perhaps it is time to take an introspective look at your business with an eye toward shifting gears. Maybe it is time to become a more aggressive player in your marketplace.

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Roll-Up Aftermath
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Just a few years ago, electrical construction consolidators sprang to life in a bizarre manner. Buying companies hand-over-fist and paying way too much, they added debt as if tomorrow would never come. But tomorrow is now here; for the most part, the consolidators are gone.

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