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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. 

Hundreds of jobs have been “mothballed” or put on an extended hold status. It occurs with home-renovation projects, power plants, marinas, dentists’ offices and automobile manufacturing plants, to name a few. Every case is unique, yet almost all instances eventually boil down to money issues.

Understanding and accepting 
change is important in any walk of life, but especially so in electrical construction. I’ve seen how innovations in technology have affected the men and women in my business, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.

Tools, such as Milwaukee’s M18 FUEL hex impact driver kit, are available to rent.

These days, almost anything can be rented, and the rental industry has done a good job making consumers and business owners aware of the benefits of renting versus owning.

In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded $10.5 million in safety and health training grants to 77 nonprofit organizations, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

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Ready for Takeoff

In a recent article, we covered the need for having a “pre-flight check” performed before moving existing or installing new information technology (IT) equipment into a newly constructed computer room.


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Marketing for Integrated Building Systems

Marketing for Integrated Building Systems (IBS) requires two separate discussions: What is marketing exactly? And how do I branch out into IBS? Regarding marketing: “Its purpose is to create a customer,” said Peter Drucker, an American business philosopher and author on marketing.


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PV: Advances and Latest Opportunities

Advances in Photovoltaic (PV) materials and manufacturing processes are resulting in increased interest in the application of PV technology in buildings.


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Door 1 (Court) or Door 2 (Arbitration)?

The amount of misleading and incorrect information about arbitration could fill a bookshelf.


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Combining Forces

When did your company last integrate a fire alarm system with another building-control or security system? Most electrical contractors would find it hard to answer that question.


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The Latest in Transportation Project Lighting

Based on figures from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., the market for roadway fixtures is growing at about 5 to 6 percent a year. According to David B.


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Team Selling

Many contractors find marketing to be a painful endeavor. Word-of-mouth and repeat business used to be enough to sustain established companies, but increased competition has made selling a requirement-not just an occasional way to drum up business.


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