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

Core 4 Authorized Instructor Training Program   ABC Arkansas is excited to host this four-day train-the-trainer certification program on March 2nd - 5th in North Little Rock! Upon successful completion, this Core 4® Authorized Instructor Program will enable instructors to certify operators on boomlifts, scissorlifts, counterbalance forklifts and rough terrain forklifts. Trainees will receive comprehensive instruction on how to successfully present theory, coach, eva...
Core 4 Authorized Instructor Training Program   ABC Arkansas is excited to host this four-day train-the-trainer certification program on March 2nd - 5th in North Little Rock! Upon successful completion, this Core 4® Authorized Instructor Program will enable instructors to certify operators on boomlifts, scissorlifts, counterbalance forklifts and rough terrain forklifts. Trainees will receive comprehensive instruction on how to successfully present theory, coach, eva...
Mental Health and Stress Management Safety Advisory Discussion via Zoom   Tuesday, March 16th 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   This past year has been full of stress and uncertainty. Now more than ever, it's important to prioritize one's mental health and learn how to manage stress.   Join us for this FREE virtual mentoring session on Tuesday March 16th via Zoom!   Expert speakers will discuss: How to understand and protect one's mental h...
Webinar: The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity® presented by FranklinCovey Date: Thursday, March 18 Time: 8:30 a.m. CT Speaker: Jean White, FranklinCovey Consultant   ABC Chesapeake Shores is hosting a one-day live virtual workshop that will cover all five choices of FranklinCovey’s “The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity.®” This hands-on program focuses on combining timeless principles with current neuroscience resear...
ABC Central Cajun Night Crawfish Boil   Join us for ABC's Annual Central Cajun Night Crawfish Boil on Thursday, March 18th! This year the event will be hosted at ABC Arkansas’ facility between our two buildings in North Little Rock! Family, friends, and clients are welcome to enjoy this casual social night featuring:   Crawfish served with Potatoes & Corn / Gumbo/ Shrimp / Beer and Soft Drinks!     Registration Form &...
Breakfast with the Executives Series- 1st Quarter   On March 31st, we will be kicking off our quarterly Breakfast with the Executive Series! Each quarter, we will hear from an influential industry leader as they share insight on their professional life and what advice they would give to aspiring leaders.   Join us for this FREE networking breakfast and participate in an intimate discussion with our first executive, Doug Wasson, President & CEO of Kinco Constru...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, April 8th & Friday, April 9th, 2021 & Thursday, April 15th & Friday, April 16th, 2021   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following topics among oth...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, April 8th & Friday, April 9th, 2021 & Thursday, April 15th & Friday, April 16th, 2021   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following topics among oth...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, April 8th & Friday, April 9th, 2021 & Thursday, April 15th & Friday, April 16th, 2021   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following topics among oth...
WOKA Whitewater Kayak Park Industry Tour   Please join us on Thursday, April 15th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a guided industry tour of the new WOKA Whitewater Kayak Park project! This is a great chance to safely network with other ABC members while getting an inside look at a unique project located on the Oklahoma and Arkansas border!   All ABC Members and Prospects are welcome! There is no charge to attend.   Reservations are required.    ...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, April 8th & Friday, April 9th, 2021 & Thursday, April 15th & Friday, April 16th, 2021   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following topics among oth...
Central Dale Carnegie Workshop: Advancing Women in Leadership in Construction   According to the Center for American Progress- The Women’s Leadership Gap (2019): women make up 50.8 percent of the U.S. population and earn almost 57 percent of the undergrad degrees and 59% of all master degrees. They account for 47 percent of the U.S. labor force and 52.5 percent of the college educated workforce. And yet, women make up just 26.5 of executive and senior officials and managers, ...
NWA Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on May 19th and 20th in Bentonville! Training will focus particularly in the areas of productivity, time management, effective communication & negotiations all with the aim of driving world class leadership.   Reservations are required. Spots are limited! ...
NWA Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on May 19th and 20th in Bentonville! Training will focus particularly in the areas of productivity, time management, effective communication & negotiations all with the aim of driving world class leadership.   Reservations are required. Spots are limited! ...
Central Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on May 25th and 26th in North Little Rock! Training will focus particularly in the areas of productivity, time management, effective communication & negotiations all with the aim of driving world class leadership.   Reservations are required. Spots are limit...
Central Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on May 25th and 26th in North Little Rock! Training will focus particularly in the areas of productivity, time management, effective communication & negotiations all with the aim of driving world class leadership.   Reservations are required. Spots are limit...