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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. 

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

Most of the national headlines these days revolve around controversial, polarizing pieces of legislation. However, in the world of energy, a significant, bipartisan bill has just been introduced in the U.S. Senate that aims to bolster the country’s energy infrastructure.

Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB)—an independent company which provides project management, construction cost consulting, and property and construction advising—recently released its second quarter North American construction cost report, and overall it seems the construction industry should look forward

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Minnesota Contractor Lights up Ice Maze for Carnival

Collins Electrical Construction Co in St Paul, Minnesota, has been serving the St Paul Winter Carnival since 2001; the 59-year-old company volunteers its people and electrical equipment to light up the ice maze, snow sculptures and the bulk of Harriet Island during St.


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Underground Report

Extending broadband services to more customers is a priority for telecommunications and cable television companies who are locked in a fierce battle to consolidate and expand their shares of the high-speed Internet market and, with it, other bundled services; fiber optic technology is a key element


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Know Your Scope

What you don’t know can hurt your company: Knowing your company’s complete scope of work is critical to successfully estimating a project; simply studying the electrical design and reading the electrical specification is not good enough.


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Pricing for Profit - Part 3

Planning and philosophy: In the first two parts of this series, we looked at the components of profit calculations, including markup and margin, break-even and contribution; no formula or calculation takes the place of strategic thinking, so the underlying foundation for profitable business is the p


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Taking Away Surety's Defenses

Learn from sample case: A recent case translated to a series of decisions in favor of our client, and it may be helpful to electrical subcontractors raising payment bond claims; the case showed issue types that often appear in litigation and can dramatically impact whether you recover and what your


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Technology Plans for K-12 and Up

Blueprints for security and much more: E-Rate, the Universal Service Fund-sponsored program (also based on the school lunch program), provides much-needed support for cash-strapped schools, school districts and libraries in the form of providing cash-back discounts for eligible technology purchases.


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PQ Alphabet Soup

From A to Z, power quality in the education market takes on added importance:


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