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March 2, 2011
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Now playing on IEC Radio: Why you need a business strategy
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A business strategy is essential to a company's success. Former contractor executive and current Clemson University Professor, Dr. Bausman, explains how it is important for a small business to have a strategy because without one, market gyrations can whip around a small company. More

The IEC Foundation receives equipment grant from the Eaton Corporation
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The IEC Foundation has received an in-kind equipment donation of training equipment from the Eaton Corporation valued at $2,500. This equipment will be used at the Florida West Coast IEC Chapter apprenticeship training facility in the Tampa, Fla., area. More

Bureau of Land Management to develop
3 solar energy plants in Arizona

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A draft plan on the solar potential of federal land identifies three Arizona sites encompassing nearly 14,000 acres as highly suitable for energy development. The plan, which covers six western states, is designed to ensure that renewable energy is developed in a smart and efficient way, said Eddie Arreola, supervisory renewable energy project manager for the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona. More

Klein Tools® Test and Measurement Tools

The Home Depot is the exclusive home improvement retailer of the new Klein Tools test and measurement line. Designed by electricians, they are packed with the latest innovations and time-saving features like large backlit displays, magnetic mounts and built-in work lights, and are rugged enough to handle any job.

Global stocks stifle small US startups
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The New York Stock Exchange's plan to merge with Deutsche Borse, while promising more efficiency for investors in global stocks, may hurt small U.S. enterprises that are finding it increasingly difficult to tap into the stock market so they can grow and create jobs. More

Root out electrical contractor violators
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There have been reports about the rampant increases in payroll violations in the construction industry as some companies skirt rules to drive down their bid prices. Now, those determined to follow the rules and root out violators have taken matters into their own hands with the formation of a private education and compliance program that will investigate claims of wrongdoing in the electrical contracting industry and forward them to appropriate agencies. More

Small businesses face several tax changes
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Tax preparation will be more complicated this year for some small business owners. State rules have been newly tightened because of California's budget shortfall. And talk about new — some federal tax incentives were not passed until just days before the end of 2010. More

Plastics can now conduct electricity
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The discovery of a new technique will make it possible to create a whole new collection of plastics with metallic and/or superconducting properties. According to the University of New South Wales, plastics normally conduct electricity very poorly and they are used to insulate electric cables but, by placing a thin sheet of metal onto a plastic film and mixing it into the polymer surface with an ion beam, Australian researchers have displayed that the system can be used to make inexpensive, durable, flexible and conductive plastics. More

IEC National Budget overview webinar
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Have questions about IEC's budget? Now is your time to ask! Join Vernice L. Howard, MBA, Vice President of Finance, as she walks you through the 2011 IEC National Budget by project on March 10, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST. Each participant will receive an e-mail with the link to download a copy of the 2011 budget by project after they have registered. We ask that you do not share this document outside of IEC. More information will be sent via e-mail after you register here.

IECU webinar: Planning and Preparation Basics
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Save the date for the IEC University webinar entitled "Planning and Preparation Basics," which will take place Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Mike Brunner will focus on identifying, explaining and applying simple concepts of effective planning and scheduling (preparation) for field supervisors with self-performing contractors. It is experience-based and presented in very simple terms with real-world examples. Registration information to come.
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