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

Safety Advisory Discussion via Zoom   Tuesday, June 9th 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   In the construction industry, safety is priority. Whether you are an owner, manager, or safety director, your company is tasked with creating healthy work environments, staying compliant with OSHA and other governing entities, implementing proper policies, providing quality training, and empowering employees to work safely. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, it's more important...
Paycheck Protection Program Compliance   Statewide Zoom Discussion / Lunch & Learn in Ft. Smith June 17th    Join us for this FREE educational opportunity on Wednesday, June 17th and hear our experts discuss the tax implications of COVID-19 legislation and provide guidance on how your company can stay compliant with the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Q&A to follow.    Attendees statewide have the option to join the virtual d...
Central Dale Carnegie Workshop: Soft Skills - Back to the Basics   Thursday, June 18th | North Little Rock   All of us are trying to navigate our way through the new normal while still maintaining positive relationships with our clients and customers. As we find a balance between traditional ways of communicating, and implementing new ones, it's important not to forget the basics of business etiquette and customer service.    This workshop is des...
2020 Western Graham Williams Memorial Golf Tournament   Join us on June 19th for ABC's annual Western Graham Williams Memorial Golf Tournament. This year the tournament will be held at Ben Geren Golf Course in Fort Smith! Enter a team and enjoy a fun afternoon of golf & networking with other ABC Members.    Registration Form   Friday, June 19, 2020   Registration at 11:30 a.m. (Box Lunch Distributed at Registration)   ...