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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. 

As the landscape of electricity generation in the United States evolves, natural gas continues to account for an increasing share of the mix.

If you have kept up with the 2017 Nobel prizes, you know three Americans won the prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

Here’s an undeniable truth I’ve learned over the years: When one chapter ends, another is right around the corner. That’s especially true now for me and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

This month, I expand on “Do You Trust the Drawings?” by talking more about establishing the scope of work included in your estimates. Let’s start with verbal instructions.

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Help Wanted: Meeting Demands for Talent

Skilled labor shortages in construction are widespread and global. The challenge is in attracting the correct people to the industry while keeping skilled workers on hand as long as possible.

At the NECA Show, Amy Purdy Inspired With Her Story of Determination and Creative Problem Solving

On the first day of the NECA Show in Seattle, Hundreds, if not thousands, of attendees packed into the Washington Convention Center's ballroom to hear Amy Purdy's inspiring story, and they were not disappointed. 

Students, their parents and high school administrators are taking a second look at careers in the construction trades.
Stemming the Tide: Trade Education in High Schools

The construction labor shortage isn’t going away. In fact, it’s growing. In response, the value of a trade education also is rising. It’s beginning to change minds and attitudes.

Former Starbucks CEO to NECA Show Attendees: 'Never Be Bigger Than the Front Line'

Every year, the NECA Convention and Trade Show attracts the biggest names and leaders in the electrical construction industry. They come to both share their knowledge and learn from other experts what they can do to keep their businesses growing.

Safe From The Storm: Update on Undergrounding Projects

For decades, new power and telephone lines serving housing developments and office parks, government complexes and educational campuses have been placed underground.

2017 NECA Showstopper Showcase Winners

The Showstopper Showcase is always a popular stop on the trade show floor at the NECA Show, and this year, I decided to see what everybody is always talking about.

Controlling The Electronic Blizzard

Meaningless emails are a bane. In a construction lawsuit I tried last year, the parties exchanged their project documents, which included more than 200,000 emails each.