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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. 

Playing with the big boys

My first exposure to material pricing was in the mid-1970s when I was promoted to pricing clerk/assistant-purchasing agent at a wholesale house. My new desk was dominated by a 4-foot wide, metal-framed collection of pages called the Biddle Book, which was furnished by Trade Service Publications.

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) works daily to ensure electrical contractors (ECs) have every opportunity to stay on top of the issues that affect their businesses and to be directly in touch with their senators and representatives in Congress.

Choosing a trustworthy financial adviser can be confusing and stressful. In last month’s column, we learned that researchers have not been able to find a link between financial literacy education and improved consumer decision-making.

In places such as Arizona, where utilities and the solar industry bicker over pricing and metering policies, everyone suffers. In Los Angeles, where the same policies are embraced, everyone wins as increasingly larger projects come online.

More on Your Business

The ADA and Public Places

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a sweeping civil rights legislation that increases contractors’ obligations and risks. Applying civil rights legislation in the context of building and code requirements is inherently uncomfortable and difficult.

The Power of Knowledge

The message of safety and security The safety and security policies and procedures at any company are often extensive. But whether or not those policies are communicated consistently and effectively can make or break the facility’s overall safety and security.

A Balancing Act

Public places need easy access—and reliable security For those of you who are in charge of security at a museum, or any other public facility that allows unrestricted public access, it’s a tricky environment in which to provide protection and detection.

The Public PQ

Public transportaion is more vulnerable than you might think Power quality and the problems that arise when the quality of the supply doesn’t match the requirements of the equipment are most often thought of in terms of the resulting loss of productivity in commercial applications such as data cent

As Security Concerns Grow, Business Follows

Pro-Tec Design and Premier Electrical demonstrate success in the field of security In 1966, a Chicago-based electrical contractor landed a job working on the main runway at the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport.

For Want of a Nail, The Shoe Was Lost

Settlement agreements may be the nail that saves you Settlement agreements come in all forms, some of which are called by different names.

The Upside Of Down Time

Use it to your advantage Down time erodes profit, frustrates field employees and annoys managers. Even the best scheduling won’t completely eliminate all gaps in field productivity.