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

Hindsight is 2020 Lessons Learned During a Pandemic Via Zoom   Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.     2020 was a tough year to say the least. We faced many challenges both personally and professionally and experienced things we never anticipated. As we continue to understand the impact of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic in Arkansas, it's important to reflect on lessons learned over the last year so we can be better prepared moving forward....
Status of Mandatory Vaccinations Lunch & Learn   February 10th | North Little Rock   Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, February 10th in North Little Rock where our expert attorney, Greg Northen, will lead an interactive discussion on the legal issues surrounding mandatory vaccinations for Arkansas workplaces.   Greg will discuss the federal and state legal requirements, OSHA guidelines, and other social comme...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, February 11th & Friday, February 12th, 2021 & Thursday, February 18th & Friday, February 19th, 2021   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following to...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, February 11th & Friday, February 12th, 2021 & Thursday, February 18th & Friday, February 19th, 2021   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following to...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, February 11th & Friday, February 12th, 2021 & Thursday, February 18th & Friday, February 19th, 2021   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following to...
NWA Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on February 18th and 19th 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 limit...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, February 11th & Friday, February 12th, 2021 & Thursday, February 18th & Friday, February 19th, 2021   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following to...
NWA Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on February 18th and 19th 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 limit...
Central Dale Carnegie Workshop: Top Talent Trends in Business   The business world has had to pivot and embrace change more than ever over the last year. As we continue to move forward into the new normal, companies must understand what strengths and skills are now most essential for their employees to develop and how new trends will effect businesses.      Through global research, five talent trends have come to surface for 2021. By attending this wo...
Core 4 Authorized Instructor Training Program   ABC Arkansas is excited to host this four-day train-the-trainer certification program on March 2nd - 5th in North Little Rock! Upon successful completion, this Core 4® Authorized Instructor Program will enable instructors to certify operators on boomlifts, scissorlifts, counterbalance forklifts and rough terrain forklifts. Trainees will receive comprehensive instruction on how to successfully present theory, coach, eva...
Core 4 Authorized Instructor Training Program   ABC Arkansas is excited to host this four-day train-the-trainer certification program on March 2nd - 5th in North Little Rock! Upon successful completion, this Core 4® Authorized Instructor Program will enable instructors to certify operators on boomlifts, scissorlifts, counterbalance forklifts and rough terrain forklifts. Trainees will receive comprehensive instruction on how to successfully present theory, coach, eva...
Core 4 Authorized Instructor Training Program   ABC Arkansas is excited to host this four-day train-the-trainer certification program on March 2nd - 5th in North Little Rock! Upon successful completion, this Core 4® Authorized Instructor Program will enable instructors to certify operators on boomlifts, scissorlifts, counterbalance forklifts and rough terrain forklifts. Trainees will receive comprehensive instruction on how to successfully present theory, coach, eva...
Core 4 Authorized Instructor Training Program   ABC Arkansas is excited to host this four-day train-the-trainer certification program on March 2nd - 5th in North Little Rock! Upon successful completion, this Core 4® Authorized Instructor Program will enable instructors to certify operators on boomlifts, scissorlifts, counterbalance forklifts and rough terrain forklifts. Trainees will receive comprehensive instruction on how to successfully present theory, coach, eva...