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The IEC Training Advantage

Imagine a world where you need simple electrical work done to your home or business, but the wait for an available electrician is at least three to four months. Unfortunately, this scenario could come to fruition in the upcoming years as the skilled labor shortage continues to become more prominent.

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Lights Out

January 1, 2013, ushered in not just a new year, but a different way of specifying screw-in light bulbs. On that date, the popular 75-watt incandescent bulb will be discontinued, a casualty of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). Last year, 100-watt bulbs went out of production because they could not meet the new EISA efficiency standards, and in 2014, the golden glow of 60 and 40-watt light bulbs will meet the same fate.

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The Five Common Errors That Are KILLING Your Web Leads

Remember when the Yellow Pages were a dominant source for contractor leads? Okay, it seems like it was right after the fall of the Roman Empire, but still.

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Storytellers

When people ask me, "What do you do for a living?" I typically give the simple and short answer, "I am in public relations." This vague response is not because I am not proud of what I do, it is actually on the contrary - I typically go into so much detail when describing the joy of my profession that people get tired of my long-winded response.

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President's Message

I would like to begin my inaugural "President's Message" by saying Happy New Year! I enjoy the beginning of a New Year because we can all have a clean slate and the opportunity to start from zero. Whether your focus is on personal or professional goals, it will be your choice alone on how you apply them to 2013.

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Recess Appointments to the NLRB Unconstitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court ruled unanimously that President Obama violated the U.S. Constitution when he appointed members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) during a Senate recess. IEC actively opposed the appointments and applauds the Appeals Court’s decision.

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Rebuilding and Expanding the Electrical Contractor Workforce for the Green, Digital Age

Electrical contractors, like many industries, were impacted by the economic conditions of the past few years and had to evolve their businesses to remain competitive. As the economy gradually recovers, contractors are preparing for an increase in work after years of operating lean. As the industry continues to rebuild, contractors are finding that not only is there more demand from customers, but there is a wide range of new services that customers are considering. In order to meet this evolving demand, the industry needs to expand their skill sets and begin recruiting and preparing the new workforce with the necessary skills.

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Let 2013 Be the Year That Gets Your Head in the Safety Game

It is almost a new year and a great time to get your head in the safety game. Using the holiday as a trigger to prompt safety meetings and create dialog to understand your successes and failures and ultimately chart your safety course is a good way to start the New Year. Triggers are used for many activities, safety not excluded; for example, we use the changing of the clocks a s a trigger to replace batteries in smoke alarms in residential homes. Take the opportunity of the change into 2013 as a time to run through a six-point check list and have meetings to set the course for your organization for the year ahead.

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Full-Cycle Job Costing

Maintaining business growth and consistent profits is an ongoing challenge for any business, but especially so for electrical contractors. However, there are steps contractors can, and should take to increase their profits and grow their businesses, no matter what the prevailing economic conditions may be.

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Making a Secure Connection with Flexible Cable

With the increasing use of fine-stranded, flexible conductors, especially for alternative energy applications, there has arisen some confusion over the proper connectors and lugs to use. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently issued a bulletin (No. 105, dated April, 2012) advising the industry that mechanical set-screw connector lugs and terminals are not intended for use with fine-stranded conductors.

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