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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. 

For tech enthusiasts and early-adopters, the 2017 NECA Convention and Trade Show is an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of industry innovations. Nonmembers can attend the NECA Show, too.

Once again, I was inspired to write after reading a post in a LinkedIn construction group. The article, “If I Own a Drill, Does That Make Me a Dentist?” laments the belief that simply buying a tool makes one a skilled craftsperson.

From left: Greg Cummins, Ed Schuler and Kevin Rickett

Smarter materials management is especially beneficial in electrical service work. Service electricians are constantly confronted with the challenge of obtaining materials while striving to minimize the amount of lost time, back-and-forth travel and rush charges that inevitably follow.


Klein voltage tester with flashlight

One of the most basic tools every electrician carries is the noncontact voltage tester. Essential complementary tools include circuit breaker finders and tone probes for tracing wires. Scanning devices are able to see through walls and floors to identify wires, conduits and other objects.


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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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Electroindustry Confidence Index Rises in February

February was a healthy month for the electroindustry, and the future appears bright as well, according to senior industry executives responding to National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) monthly Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) survey; seven of the eight EBCI indices imp


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