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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. 

Solar-power technology is growing wide and deep through installations and planned projects. New York Gov.

Change is rapid in the digital age, sometimes at a dizzying pace. As that becomes normal, expectations grow for even faster change.

A lot can happen over the course of a year, and that is certainly the case for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has once again set some aggressive policy goals for the year to come. However, much like the recent past, the intentions are likely to fall short.

More on Your Business

The Operation Was a Success!

Healthcare is an exciting and dynamic industry. It has changed, technologically, and many institutions are experiencing growth or perhaps are upgrading their facilities.

The Power Quality of Life

Hospitals have a priceless ‘product’—human life When people think of high-reliability facilities, most often it is the financial data centers and the semiconductor plants that come to mind.

Fire Protection for Healthcare Facilities

Protecting healthcare facilities is unique for many reasons, including the fact that not all occupants are ambulatory. Therefore, staff training and a defend-in-place strategy—rather than evacuation—are vital parts of the fire protection plan.

Finding Your Way in the Submetering World

Submeters are installed after the main utility meter to gain additional information regarding energy usage inside a facility, according to Don Millstein, president of Langhorne, Pa.-based E-Mon Corp. Estimates for the submetering market are primarily based on existing facilities, although U.S.

Ohio Contractors Provide a Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Traffic congestion in major metropolitan areas is now a fact of life. We may not like it, but as roads become more crowded with automobiles and trucks, we are spending more time listening to books on tape.

Insurance and the Estimate

A costly item you cannot avoid In a past column, I pointed out the standard procedures and precautions regarding insurance expenses that will affect a final bid price.

The Law of Unconscionability

Defining the gray areas At its heart, unconscionability is equivalent to unscrupulous conduct, but this area of the law is generally uncharted waters. Can we come up with a helpful definition? In one case, a contractor garnered huge profits on a government job.