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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. 

Mobile scanner for Dynamic Systems CheckMate Toolroom system

Keeping track of tools—whether just a few or hundreds—is a challenge that computers have made much easier. Software developed specifically for managing tools and equipment has replaced simple lists and spreadsheets.

Bill Gates

As the debate over climate change continues, many figures in the tech industry have been among the most vocal in the fight against it. Now, many of the biggest names in the field are teaming up to form a climate change supergroup.

In November 2015, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) announced a short but comprehensive list of 13 steps to improve workplace safety.

Research conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that more expensive fines for workplace-safety violations are likely to send stronger messages to employers to improve workplace-safety efforts.

More on Your Business

Covering All the Bases

Know where the vulnerable points are at government installations You wouldn’t want to give Al Qaeda or some other group of terrorists access to the government’s most sensitive information, would you?

Partnering with the Government

Teams and personal service win out One of the most intriguing aspects of the 9/11 events, from a management perspective, may have to be the renewed interest in partnerships and the trust factor associated with them.

Choosing a Successful Successor

Handing over the family business is never easy Electrical contracting firms are mostly small family businesses and are going through a generation transition in the United States. It is predicted by the year 2013, nearly $4 trillion in assets will be transferred to the next generation.

The Parted OceansAiiLaw and Equity

A 200-year-old chasm you may have to cross There is an old expression that hard cases make bad law. The reference is to a split in the legal system that has existed for a thousand years. What if one side in a legal battle has all the law on his side, but the equities go the other way?

Article 220-Branch Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part V

220.19 Electric Ranges and Other Cooking Appliances Branch-circuit, feeder and service-load calculation provisions are in Article 220 of the National Electrical Code. While Part I is titled “General,” most of the first part pertains to branch-circuit calculations.

Larry C. McCrae Inc. played an important role in Revitalizing Philadelphia

As the first new residential high-rise apartment building constructed in Philadelphia for 15 years, the St. James was designed with the latest high-tech systems.

Whole-Hog Asset Management

Know when it’s time to sell ‘old bessie’ If you’re a typical electrical contractor, you’ve probably accumulated fixed assets as the business grew. Calculating ROA, or Return On Assets, will make you aware of just how fixed asset-heavy your company has become.