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Join IEC University for April 20 webinar
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Take advantage of your member benefits by joining IEC University on April 20, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT for the webinar, "Developing and Implementing Standard Operating Procedures," presented by Mike Brunner. This webinar only costs $49 per person and will explain the "how's" and "why's" of implementing Standard Operating Procedures at your electrical contracting business. You can download a copy of the registration form here.
Now playing on IEC Radio: "Selling Value vs Price"
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Are you tired of competing solely on offering lower prices? If so, join IEC Radio Host Ted Garrison as he interviews Mack Hannon, author of the bestselling book, Consultative Selling, on how to sell value instead of price. Together, they will discuss how to master consultative selling, and how this relates to delivering greater value and increasing customer satisfaction. More
Google is building the world's largest solar tower power plant
Google is investing $168 million to help develop a solar energy power plant in California's Mojave Desert. In cooperation with Brightsource energy, Google's official blog states that the new plant will hopefully generate 392 gross megawatts of solar power, or "the equivalent of taking more than 90,000 cars off the road over the lifetime of the plant," which is estimated to be 25 years. More
What is tax deductible for small business?
There is no definite answer for those of you who wish to know just what is tax deductible for a small business. According to the painfully dry tax code, a business may deduct all expenses that are ordinary, necessary and reasonable. Just what does that mean? Think about expenses that are helpful, appropriate and common in your line of work. Oh, and they can't make you laugh. More
California Senate OKs farmworker's 'card check' legislation
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Acting on the birthday of labor rights leader Cesar Chavez, California's State Senate approved "card check" legislation that would give farmworkers seeking union representation an alternative to a secret-ballot election. More
The IEC Foundation receives capital grant
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The Independent Electrical Contractors Foundation has received a $10,000 capital grant from the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation to support vocational education training in San Antonio. More
Improving arc flash safety through design
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While a meter with a bit of software and some comms is getting the kudos of the so-called "smart grid" there is a lot more important work going on in the background — like saving workers' lives through improved electrical workplace safety. This is highlighted in a technical paper by David B. Durocher, Process Industry Department Chair of the IEEE Industry Applications Society and Global Industry Manager at Eaton Corporation. More
California to set ambitious renewable power standards
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and California Gov. Jerry Brown were on hand for the dedication of a new solar panel manufacturing plant in Milpitas. The plant is owned by Flextronics in partnership with San Jose's SunPower and the facility has created jobs for 100 people. SunPower received a $24 million federal energy grant to support the design and installation of a new generation of highly automated manufacturing that will translate into lower cost. More