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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ABC Catfish Friday in July   Join us for ABC Arkansas' COVID-Friendly Catfish Friday!    For the next few months, ABC is hosting a Catfish Fry one Friday a month in our back building, the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy and surrounding property. All member employees and invited guests are welcome to join us for an afternoon of good food and socially distanced networking! Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, there will be a few changes to the event layout that y...
Virtual Industry Tour Southwest Little Rock High School   Via Zoom|July 23rd|4:00 p.m.     Please join us on Thursday, July 23rd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom for a guided virtual industry tour of the new Southwest Little Rock High School!     All ABC Members and Prospects are welcome to participate. Reservations are required.     PROJECT PREVIEW: Nabholz and Polk Stanley Wilcox were honored to work with the Li...
NEA Project Managers Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, is providing a two-day professional development course for Project Managers and related leadership on July 28th and 29th in Jonesboro! 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!   RSVP to: ...
NEA Project Managers Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, is providing a two-day professional development course for Project Managers and related leadership on July 28th and 29th in Jonesboro! 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!   RSVP to: ...
Can You Survive a Hack Attack? Protecting Your Company from Cyber Crime   Tuesday, August 11th 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Via Zoom   Why is Cyber Insurance the fastest growing line of commercial insurance year over year? Cyber crime is evolving - and FAST!   Join us on Tuesday August 11th via Zoom for - Can You Survive a Hack Attack? - A FREE virtual event where our expert speaker will discuss: Contractor Cyber Exposures Top...
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Northwest Golf Tournament 18 Hole, Four Person Scramble   Join us on August 21st 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 21, 2020   A.M. Registration a...