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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. 

Delucchi carried this coffee mug during his tour as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq.

Bill Delucchi was a brand-new apprentice when he first dreamed of starting his own company. In the traditional wisdom of that classic expression, “find a need and fill it,” he saw a need and knew how to fill it.

While electrical contractors demonstrate proficiency in completing electrical projects, the process of prospecting for leads, securing contract opportunities and promoting their skills to targeted audiences are necessary components of a thriving business.

Ideal blue-steel fish tape

Fish tapes are essential basic tools that are easy to take for granted, but imagine pulling cable through on a large commercial job without them.

The leaves are turning here in Bethesda, Md. Fall is a cliched metaphor for change, and it’s the part of the annual cycle that cynics abhor for pumpkin-spiced everything.

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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

The Next Generation Of ECs

The end of August means “Back to School” for many electrical contractors and their families. The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) reaches out to young people and, in particular, students in a variety of ways throughout the year.

ELECTRI International Research Awards

Each year, ELECTRI International makes Early Career Research Awards available to individuals in universities and research institutions.

Baker Electric’s BIM Training Strategy Pays Dividends

In May, Baker Electric Inc. in Escondido, Calif., partnered with U.S.

Schneider Electric Introduces New Online Platform

On July 26, 2016, Schneider Electric introduced its New Energy Opportunities (Neo) Network, an online networking tool designed to help companies find the best renewable energy solutions for their business.    According to a video released by Schneider, NeoNetwork has three main functions.

Maintaining The Electric 
Utility Workforce

According to Richard Kim, energy sector leader of Korn Ferry Futurestep (a division of Korn Ferry executive search firm), the biggest challenges for electric utilities these days are aging infrastructure and an aging workforce.

Coal Could Be a Thing of the Past

The future role of coal has always been a central question in the larger discussion about climate change and renewable power. Some envision a future without coal entirely, but that scenario has not always seemed practical.