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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. 

Anyone can make a difference by installing solar panels, buying an electric car or changing out those old power-guzzling incandescent lamps. However, the so-called tipping point often rests on the shoulders of corporate America.

Branding your company—from vehicles to interior designs—is well-served by a quote from baseball great Yogi Berra: “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”

With a mix of job smarts, business savvy, grit and grace, an increasing number of women-owned contracting firms are helping to level the playing field in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Change orders—we love them, and we hate them. Preparing a change order used to be enjoyable. The drawings were clear, the changes were clouded and we were allowed to make a profit. All we submitted was a lump-sum proposal, which was rarely questioned and never outright rejected.

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Brown & Heim Enlightened by Basilica Project

As the first Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States, the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore is a major national landmark and an icon of American architecture.


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To Own or Not to Own

Do you own all of your assets? Does your lending and bonding company expect you to provide substantial collateral to buffer the risk of doing business with you? In a world where service businesses have overtaken manufacturers and retailers, things have changed.


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Powering Education

Antioch Community High School might seem just like any other American school. It has the typical heating system, lighting and amenities, including a heated swimming pool. But the unobtrusive power station in the school parking lot tells another story.


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The Healing Field

Approximately 3,000 American flags flew in Andrews Park in Vacaville, Calif., to memorialize the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and represent the strength and unity of all Americans.


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Building Your Estimating Database

Even with the best software, training and proficient users-a program is only as good as its parts database. A parts database must be accurately built and consistently managed. Just like your company trucks, it is an important tool.


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Power House

Distributed generation (DG) is the process of generating electricity at or near the point of use. Examples include solar energy and wind-powered systems as well as natural gas fueled technologies.


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The PQ Life Cycle

Though the rules of Kirchoff's and Ohm's Laws are always the same, the emphasis on power quality (PQ) changes throughout a facility's life cycle and equipment within.


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