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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. 

The ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR staff travels quite a bit. And thanks to modern technology, we can continue to work as a team on a magazine whether we’re in Bethesda, Md., or scattered in Memphis, Tenn., Las Vegas or Mexico.

Dramatic policy shifts are to be expected when new administrations step into the White House. This includes regulatory actions, which don’t require the president’s signature.

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

According to the New York City Council website, on March 21, Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted Introduction 247-A, a bill which amends the New York City administrative code to increase the civil and criminal penalties for performing electrical work without a license.

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Small Businesses Seek More Resources

Although banks are traditionally the place where small businesses go in search of financing or help in maintaining cash flow, according to an article in Associated Content, some small businesses are seeking out alternative sources of funding and advice.  One such alternative source is an account rec


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NECA Raising Electrical Industry Standards

In the nine years since the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) set out to produce technical manuals defining precisely what the National Electrical Code means by installing products and systems in a “neat and workmanlike” manner, our association has become a major standards-developi


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Millennium Management :

Beyond Traditional Training Workers have been promoted from cogs in the manufacturing machinery to mini-CEOs under the corporate umbrella, building a web of interlocking dependent relationships like spiders waiting for unwary customers to alight and be consumed.


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The Truth About Lies

Some chicanery has legal ramifications, some does not


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Marketing Strategies for Today's Turnkey Contractor

Before we can market ourselves, we have to establish a base line. That will require us to develop an understanding of what we are marketing and, above all, who we are. Many contractors identify themselves as being in the electrical business or in the construction trade business.


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Power to the People

Maintaining your most valuable resource  As a business owner, people are your most important asset, but they are often the most neglected. If you aren’t developing their potential, you may as well stop changing the oil in your trucks and paying the utility bills for your office.


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The Birthplace of Mistakes

How to review during the takeoff I SOMETIMES GET AHEAD OF MYSELF when I write these articles. In my April article, I discussed what you should do when you find one of your mistakes. But I never told you how to avoid making mistakes. Nobody can.


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