Who we are and what we do:

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.

ABC is the merit shop construction industry's voice with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media.

ABC's mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.

ABC's objective is to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis through its national office and chapters.

ABC's activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices, and business development through an online contractor search directory. On a National level, ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md., to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. The courage and dedication of those seven contractors helped to quickly spread the merit shop. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America's business community and the merit shop construction industry.

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Upcoming Events

How to self-fund employee benefits with prevailing wage plans Webinar Register Here Date: Wednesday, March 20th Time: 12 p.m. Length: 60 Minutes Speakers: Nat Peniston, The Contractors Plan WEBINAR DESCRIPTION Providing self-funded health benefits to an hourly and geographically dispersed workforce requires a unique approach that integrates enrollment, ongoing eligibility management, premium collection and compliance. Self-funding has many positives, such as redu...
Optimizing Your Operations Viewpoint’s Take 15 Webinar Series (Hosted by Viewpoint) Date: Friday March 22, 2019 Time: 1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Register Here Speakers: Viewpoint Product Experts UPCOMING VIEWPOINT WEBINARS: ·February 15 at 1 p.m. – Gain Visibility with Business Intelligence ·February 22 at 1 p.m.– Why Did I Wait So Long To Go Mobile ·March 1 at 1 p.m. – Save Time and Increase Accuracy with Integrated Drawing Ma...
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Five Keys to Safe Driving Breakfast Join us for this FREE breakfast and educational opportunity on Wednesday, March 27th in North Little Rock! Our expert speaker will review the core principles of Smith System, a leader in crash-avoidance training. This introductory awareness training is meant to teach drivers how to drive differently in order to reduce crashes, lower costs, and maintain compliance. We encourage all members and prospects to attend. Reservations are required. Event D...
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ABC Race Day at Oaklawn Join us in the Arkansas Room for this GREAT Business Development and Networking Opportunity with your fellow ABC Members on April 5th! Attendees will enjoy a fun afternoon at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming where they will have access to a buffet style lunch, private bar, private seating in the Grand Stand area, flat screen TV's, and private betting window! ABC will have a local Handicapper on-hand to give us his/her tips and picks for the day! Reservations are requ...
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NWA Crawfish Boil Join us on April 11th for the NWA Crawfish Boil & Baggo Tournament! Enjoy an evening of networking, fun, and all you can eat & drink! Family, friends and clients are all welcome! We will also host a charity raffle on site to benefit ABC's Backpack Drive and Samaritan House! Featuring: Crawfish / Sausage / Potatoes & Corn / Beer / Water & Soft Drinks Registration Form Date & Time Thursday, April 11, 2019 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Location Stri...
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NWA Medical Marijuana Laws Lunch and Learn Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Friday, April 12th in Fayetteville and hear our expert attorney discuss the current status of Medical Marijuana Laws and how to keep your workplace safe and compliant. We encourage all members and prospects to attend. Reservations are required. Event Details Friday, April 12, 2019 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Kimbel Mechanical Systems Community Room 1936 N. Shiloh Drive Faye...
Certified Payroll and Fringe Benefits – Making life easy for staff and employees Webinar Register Here Date: Wednesday, April 24th Time: 12 PM Length: 30 Minutes Speakers: Nat Peniston and Steve Antill WEBINAR DESCRIPTION Learn ways leading employers are significantly reducing the time spent on payroll and the administration of employee benefit programs while reducing errors and enhancing compliance and effectiveness. Traditional payroll companies are not...
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ABC State Convention & Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards Friday, April 26, 2019  Day 1 of 2 Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas | Rogers Golf Tournament (Lost Springs Golf Club) Member Welcome Party & Casino Night More information and registration forms can be found here.
ABC State Convention & Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards Saturday, April 27, 2019 Day 2 of 2 Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas | Rogers Brunch | Omelet Bar Complimentary Tickets to NWA Attractions EIC AwardsReception & Banquet More information and registration details can be found here. 

Our Mission

ABC Arkansas’ mission is to advance the merit shop philosophy by promoting safety training, education and free enterprise principles for the betterment of the construction industry.

Value Proposition

Based on the Merit Shop Philosophy, we help Members develop people, win work and deliver work Safely, Ethically and Profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.