Spark’n Conversations

Industry experts sit with Master Electrician, and Electrical Association Director of Education, Mike Miller about trends and challenges facing contractors, talking shop, and everything needed to keep electricians in-the-know.

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Episodes

Thursday Feb 22, 2024

Join Mike and Chris in this episode as they unpack the 2023 electrical code amendments, with a spotlight on alterations to medium voltage regulations. Get insights into the extended rules and a comprehensive discussion on how these changes will shape the landscape of the electrical industry.
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to ElectroTech's website: 
https://www.electrotech-inc.com/

Thursday Jan 25, 2024

Have you considered buying or selling a business? Do you need help in figuring out how the process works? Richard sits down with Mike in our latest episode to help answer your questions when it comes to buying or selling a business. 
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to the Sunbelt Business Solutions website for more information: 
https://www.sunbeltmidwest.com/
 

Friday Dec 15, 2023

The Electrical Association has collaborated with Lake Street Works well before the creation of their workforce development program. Jess and Mike sit down for a discussion, delving into what the program is, the students, and so much more! 
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to the Lake Street Works website to learn more: 
https://www.lakestreetworks.org/

Friday Nov 17, 2023

Goodwill-Easter Seals is a workforce partner of the Electrical Association. Mike sits down with Kristen to learn about the organization, the YouthBuild program, and more! 
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to the Goodwill-Easter Seals YouthBuild website to learn more: 
https://www.goodwilleasterseals.org/services/youthyoung-adult-services/youthbuild 

Thursday Oct 05, 2023

Summit Academy OIC is one of the Electrical Association's workforce partners. Mike sits down with Amanda to learn about the school, the participants, and much more. Take a listen! 
 
After listening to the podcast you can go directly to Summit Academy's website to learn more: 
https://saoic.org/ 

Friday Sep 15, 2023

Electrical vehicle charging stations are popping up all over Minnesota and there is a need for more electricians to be certified to work on them. Beth Kallestad, Principal Sustainability Planner at the Office of Sustainability and Public Health for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, discusses with Mike the requirements for EV charging station certification, Minnesota's EV Infrastructure Plan and more!  
 
To learn more about Minnesota's Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure Plan please visit there website: 
https://talk.dot.state.mn.us/ev-infrastructure-plan
 
You can also e-mail Beth directly at Elizabeth.Croteau.Kallestad@state.mn.us 

Friday Aug 11, 2023

Employment laws have changed since the last time Kate was a guest. Kate came back to chat with Mike about the latest legislative session and how employers should update their employee handbooks to reflect the new changes. 

Thursday Jul 20, 2023

As of August 1, 2023 recreational marijuana will be legal in Minnesota. Employment law attorney, Kate Bischoff, joins Mike Miller in this episode to discuss what employers can expect when this new law goes into effect. 

Tuesday Jul 11, 2023

The 2023 legislative session was a busy one for Minnesota. A lot of changes have been made to the labor laws. Tom joins Mike on the podcast again to inform listeners of the new laws to help keep everyone informed and up to date. 

Tuesday Jun 13, 2023

Cyber attacks happen all the time. People and businesses needs to understand the importance of cyber security. Marc Miller and his employees at Imagine IT are here to help. Marc sits down with Mike in our latest episode to discusses the importance of being aware of cyber attacks and what to do if your system is compromised. 
 
After listening to the episode, feel free to learn more about ImagineIT and the Gunnar Project by going to the following websites: 
ImagineIT:
https://imagineiti.com/
 
The Gunnar Project: 
http://www.gunnarproject.org/ 
 

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