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

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Central Chili Cook Off   Please join us for ABC's annual Central Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney on October 24th at ABC's facility 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 scholarship funds for UALR Construction Management students! All members, prospects, and gue...
NWA Lien, Labor, & Licensing Issues Lunch & Learn   Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Friday, October 25th in Springdale and hear one of our member attorneys share his expertise on priority issues affecting the construction industry. Whether your company is dealing with lien issues, trying to navigate compliance with the new medical marijuana laws, or anything in between, this is an opportunity for you to get up to date and ask questions! We ...
NEA Growth, Innovation & Leadership Lunch & Learn   Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, October 30th in Jonesboro and hear our speaker discuss how we can build different leaders within our companies! Whether you are an emerging leader or an experienced one, this lunch and learn is meant to help you identify things that prevent growth and innovation within your company, define your vision and goals, and build effective relationships. We en...
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Northwest Sporting Clays Shootout   Please join us for the ABC Northwest Sporting Clays Shootout on November 1st! 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 When & Where:   Friday, November 1, 2019   Registration & Lunch at 12:00 p.m. Shooting at 1:00 p.m.   ...
Industry Appreciation Food Truck Social    Hosted by the Greater Little Rock Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) & The Associated Builders & Contractors of Arkansas     Eat, drink, and celebrate with us during this free Industry Appreciation Food Truck Social on November 5th! ABC Arkansas and the NAWIC Greater Little Rock Chapter invite you to enjoy a fun night of networking with industry peers.   As a sm...
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NWA Foreman Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on November 7th and 8th 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!   RSVP to: megan@abcark.org or call 5...
U.S. Marshals Museum (map)

Western U.S. Marshals Museum Industry Tour & Happy Hour


November 7th (Tentative) 

4:00 PM- 6:30PM
U.S. Marshals Museum | Fort Smith
Happy Hour to Follow | TBD
No Cost for Members
$15 for Non-Members
Sponsorships Available
Jobsite Access/ Networking
NWACC (map)
NWA Foreman Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on November 7th and 8th 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!   RSVP to: megan@abcark.org or call 5...