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.


Upcoming Events

ABC Arkansas Facility (map)
Central Young Professionals Engagement Luncheon Calling all Young Professionals and Employers!!!! Are you an emerging leader in your company under 40 looking to build meaningful relationships and expand your skill set? Are you an employer looking for ways to invest in your best and brightest employees? Join us for this FREE luncheon on July 26th in North Little Rock to learn about ABC's Central Construction Young Professionals (CCYP) group and what it has to offer you and/or your ...
Landmark CPA (map)
Western Medical Marijuana Laws Lunch & Learn Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, July 31st and hear our expert attorney discuss the current status of Medical Marijuana Laws and how to keep your workplace safe and compliant. We encourage all members and prospects to attend. Reservations are required. Event Details Wednesday, July 31, 2019 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Landmark, PLC Certified Public Accountants Facility (Training Room) 3101 Sout...
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Summer Texas Hold 'Em Tournament Join us at our Summer Texas Hold 'Em Tournament on August 1st in North Little Rock for an evening of networking and friendly competition with your industry peers! Reservations are required. Spots are limited. First come, first serve! DATE Thursday, August 1, 2019 TIME Registration: 5:00 p.m. Tournament: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. LOCATION Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113 Ot...
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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 forth and final Catfish Friday this year! Lunch includes: Catfish, Shrimp, Chicken & all the fixins! Lunch prepared by Adam's Catfish Express & Catering. Registration ...
Ozark Axe House (map)
NWA Axe Throwing Social Join us for a fun, unique social event at Ozark Axe House in Rogers on August 15th! This venue helps people experience the joy of axe throwing in a safe, casual and indoor facility. Members will have the chance to network with other industry peers while learning new skills! No prior experience required. Spots are limited. First come first serve. Reservations are required. Event Details Wednesday, August 15, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. *Please arrive 15 m...
Lost Springs Golf Club (map)
NWA Golf Tournament Join us on August 23rd 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 23rd AM Registration 7:30 a.m. / Tee Off 8:00 a.m. Lunch 12:00 pm PM Registration 12:00 p.m. / Tee Off 1:00 ...

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.