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.


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.


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Upcoming Events

Central Dale Carnegie Workshop: Adjusting to Change   Considering the ever-accelerating rate of change in today’s workplace, there may be no more important skill than to adjust successfully to change. Sometimes, adjusting to change comes easily. We enjoy the challenge and opportunity that the change presents. Other times, we find ourselves resisting change, focusing on what we might lose as a results of the change, rather than on what we might gain.    In this...
NWA Dale Carnegie Workshop: Adjusting to Change   Considering the ever-accelerating rate of change in today’s workplace, there may be no more important skill than to adjust successfully to change. Sometimes, adjusting to change comes easily. We enjoy the challenge and opportunity that the change presents. Other times, we find ourselves resisting change, focusing on what we might lose as a results of the change, rather than on what we might gain.    In this wor...
Central Business Succession Planning Breakfast   Succession planning is a critical risk management process for companies who want minimizes gaps in leadership, ensure the continuity of corporate knowledge, and enable their people to develop the skills necessary for possible future roles.      Joins us for this free breakfast on Wednesday, August 11th and learn what to consider when creating and implementing an effective and flexible succession pl...
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Northwest Golf Tournament 18 Hole, Four Person Scramble   Join us on August 20th for the annual Northwest Golf Tournament! This year the tournament will be held at Lost Springs Golf & Athletic Club in Rogers. Members may enter teams or as individual players. Players may choose to play in the morning or afternoon flight - first come, first serve!    Registration Form   Tournament Details: Friday, August 20, 2021   A.M. Registrat...
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ABC Catfish Friday Join us for an all you can eat lunch! This summer, ABC will be hosting a Catfish Fry one Friday a month in our back building, the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy. All member employees and invited guests are welcome to join us for an afternoon of good food and networking! This will be our first Catfish Friday this year! Lunch includes: Catfish, Shrimp, Chicken & all the fixins! Lunch prepared by Adam's Catfish Express & Catering. Registration is ...