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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. 

A mentor can mean the difference between success and failure as a business owner. Whether your electrical contracting business is new or has existed for generations, you can always learn from other entrepreneurs.

Innovation and entrepreneurialism are driving forces in the age of renewable power and digital technology. When it comes to thinking outside of the box, the city of Portland, Ore., has a well-earned reputation.


General Cable FrogHide UltraFlex outdoor extension cord

Electrical extension cords aren’t exactly “tools” in the traditional sense, but they are essential on many jobs to power tools and temporary lighting, for bringing power from generators to field offices, and for many other uses.


In the global battle against climate change, renewable targets have been an indispensable weapon. National, state and local governments have set targets for renewable power and continue to raise the bar as those targets are met.

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