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 70 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.

Upcoming Events

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Central 'Leadership and Communication Blind Spots for All levels' Dale Carnegie Workshop ABC Arkansas is excited to continue our strategic partnership with Dale Carnegie with another two hour workshop! A Certified Trainer will work with attendees on how to effectively communicate across a wide spectrum of employees and discuss ways to create a unified company culture. This is a fantastic professional development opportunity, one that we are proud to offer our Members. Lunch is included. ...
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NWA 'Leadership and Communication Blind Spots for All levels' Dale Carnegie Workshop ABC Arkansas is excited to continue our strategic partnership with Dale Carnegie with another two hour workshop! A Certified Trainer will work with attendees on how to effectively communicate across a wide spectrum of employees and discuss ways to create a unified company culture. This is a fantastic professional development opportunity, one that we are proud to offer our Members. Lunch is included. This...

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.