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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 nation’s energy sector is racing through a period of major transformation, and utilities are jumping on for the ride. According to a recent study, the U.S. electric power industry is investing billions of dollars in smarter energy infrastructure.

Have you noticed the lack of good product seminars from companies making electrical products for buildings and data centers? Companies need to go out to update electrical contractors, project managers and system designers on their products and new systems.

Many estimators start out as electricians, and a significant portion of those are most experienced in residential work. The purpose of this article is to help move these estimators along the path to commercial and industrial electrical estimating.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has released three recent reports that illustrate a generally positive environment for the housing market, starts and remodeling, though two of the three showed some signs of stagnation.

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