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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 Sisters in Solidarity (SIS) group of IBEW Local No. 292, Minneapolis, was formed in 2013. SIS is a mentoring and support group for women electricians that focuses on developing leadership in its community and union.

Each year, the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) holds a number of national competitions that allow college students from around the nation in construction and construction-related trades to experience what it is like to work in the industry.

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.”

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Opportunities for 2017

As we end 2016 and look forward into the New Year, the big question for many companies in the industry in North America is, “Where will the opportunities be for cabling, electrical contractors, and electricians in the coming years?” In the United States, will 2017 mark the year that things pick up?

Ideas That Work: Best of 2016

Ideas That Work is one of the most consistently well-read features in the magazine. Every month, it fosters community and idea sharing among contractors, electricians, and installers with the goal of saving our readers time, money, and frustration.

Help Is One Call Away

Some issues are important but tough to talk about.

$3.6 Billion Earmarked For Electric Project Loans

In late October, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $3.6 billion in loans to fund 82 electric projects for rural electric utilities in 31 states.

Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Problem-Solving Can Save Money

I was recently reminded how important it is to be creative in today’s competitive bidding climate. One of my longtime clients called to let me know that the high-voltage switchgear at One Exchange Place in Jersey City, N.J., had finally been powered up.

Fluke offers a full range of infrared cameras for non-contact inspection of electrical panels.
Cool Tools: Job Site Inspection Tools

Tiny video cameras mounted at the end of flexible cables. Infrared thermal imaging cameras that detect heat. The photo-taking capability of the ubiquitous smartphone. High-definition digital video and photo cameras mounted on unmanned drone aircraft.

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A New Light on American History

Set on five acres next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is the Smithsonian Institution’s newest addition: the National Museum of African American History and Culture.