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

North Shore Riverwalk Park (map)
Central Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney Please join us for ABC's annual Central Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney on October 25th in North Little Rock sponsored by FCA, Certified Public Accountants! Members may enter a team for a chance to have their chili judged or you can just come out for all you can eat and drink! We will also have an on-site raffle, all proceeds benefiting the ALS Association of Arkansas! All members, prospects, and guests, come enjoy a night of good food and netw...
Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation Shooting Sports C (map)
Central Trap Shoot You are invited to participate in ABC's third annual Central Trap Shoot on Thursday, November 1st! All ABC Members and Prospects may register a 5-person team or enter individually. Registered individual shooters will be grouped into teams at random. This year we will have two flights - one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 1:00 p.m. Lunch served in between! First come first serve! This shooting competition will be a great opportunity to network with your fellow ABC M...
Northwest Sporting Clays Shootout Please join us for the ABC Northwest Sporting Clays Shootout on November 2nd! Enter a two-person team for a chance to win cash prizes! Your entry fee includes lunch and shells. Come out for an afternoon of fun with your fellow ABC members! Registration Form Event Details Friday, November 2, 2018 Registration & Lunch at 12:00 p.m. Shooting at 1:00 p.m. Gunsmoke Sporting Clays 17245 Wendell Jones Rd. Garfield, AR 72732 (off HWY 72 in ...
NWA Foreman & Project Managers Training Program (Superintendents, Field Leadership, & Project Managers) ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendents, Field Leadership, and Project Managers on November 6th and 7th in NWA! Training will focus particularly in the areas of communication, negotiations, and financial management, all with the aim of driving world class leadership. Reservations are required. Spot...
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Central Foreman & Project Managers Training Program (Superintendents, Field Leadership, & Project Managers) ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendents, Field Leadership, and Project Managers on November 8th and 9th in North Little Rock! Training will focus particularly in the areas of communication, negotiations, and financial management, all with the aim of driving world class leadership. Reservation...
Centennial Bank (map)
NEA Sexual Harassment Prevention Lunch and Learn It's in the news daily, but do your company's managers and supervisors know how to respond to complaints and allegations of sexual harassment? This presentation is designed to teach managers and supervisors how to address this critical issue. Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Tuesday, November 13th in Jonesboro! We encourage all members and prospects to attend! Reservations are required. Event Details T...

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.