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

Breakfast with the Executives Series- 3rd Quarter   On September 22nd, we will continue with our quarterly Breakfast with the Executive Series! Each quarter, we will hear from an influential industry leader as they share insight on their professional life and what advice they would give to aspiring leaders.   Join us for this FREE networking breakfast and participate in an intimate discussion with our third executive, Courtney Little, President & General Couns...
Osage Park Industry Tour Followed by Happy Hour at Bentonville Brewing Co.   Please join us on Thursday, September 23rd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a guided industry tour of the newly completed Osage Park project in Bentonville! After the tour, everyone is invited to Bentonville Brewing Company for happy hour on ABC!    All ABC Members and Prospects are welcome! There is no charge to attend and no PPE is required.   Reservations are required.  ...
Fall Protection Competent Person Training Course     Friday, September 24, 2021   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form     About the course... This training provides a classroom presentation, hands-on practice and a written test and is intended for workers who are required to review and ...
ABC Catfish Friday in Fort Smith   Join us on September 24th for Catfish Friday! This event will be hosted at the new Peak Innovation Center in Fort Smith. In addition to a great lunch, attendees have the option to participate in a private tour of the new facility at 11:00 a.m. before we serve lunch.   All member employees and invited guests are welcome to join us for an afternoon of good food and networking!     Lunch includes: Catfish, Shrimp, Chick...
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2021 Central Golf Tournament Four Man Scramble September 30th | Maumelle     Join us on Thursday, September 30th for ABC's annual Central Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Arkansas! This year, the tournament will have two flight options available.   Members and prospects may enter teams or as individual players. Players may choose to play in the morning or afternoon flight - first come, first served!      Registration Form...
OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Day 1: Thursday, October 7th 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Day 2: Friday, October 8th 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Location: Mountain Mechanical Contractors 903 South School Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72702   Registration Form     About the course... This two-day course is intended for all entry level employees and employees that have responsibility for health and s...
OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Day 1: Thursday, October 7th 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Day 2: Friday, October 8th 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Location: Mountain Mechanical Contractors 903 South School Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72702   Registration Form     About the course... This two-day course is intended for all entry level employees and employees that have responsibility for health and s...
Central Trap Shoot   You are invited to participate in ABC's annual Central Trap Shoot on Friday, October 8th! All ABC Members and Prospects may register a 5-person team or enter individually. Registered individual shooters will be grouped into teams at random. This year we will have two flights - one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 12:30 p.m. Lunch served in between!  First come first serve!    This shooting competition will be a great opportunity to safely...
Central Senior Leader Bootcamp   After conducting several years of Project Manager and Field Leader Training Programs, ABC Arkansas and FMI have partnered together to provide this new program specifically designed for the senior leader.     “Every business leader looks like a genius when the tide is high, but when the tide goes back out, we get to see who was skinny dipping…”   Leading a successful construction business takes mor...
Northwest Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney   You are invited to our annual Northwest Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney on October 14th in Springdale! Members may enter a team for a chance to have their chili judged or just come out for all you can eat and drink! We will also have an on-site chairty raffle. All members, prospects, and guests, come enjoy a night of good food and networking!     When & Where   Thursday, October 14, 2021  ...
Central Senior Leader Bootcamp   After conducting several years of Project Manager and Field Leader Training Programs, ABC Arkansas and FMI have partnered together to provide this new program specifically designed for the senior leader.     “Every business leader looks like a genius when the tide is high, but when the tide goes back out, we get to see who was skinny dipping…”   Leading a successful construction business takes mor...
Western Sporting Clays Shootout   Please join us for the ABC Western Sporting Clays Shootout on October 15th in Fort Smith! Enter a three-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 October 15, 2021 Lunch served at 11:00 a.m. Shooting starts at 11:30 a.m.   Pajaro Gun Club 802 Old ...
SPEAK UP Perfect Your Public Speaking Skills   Are you a young professional that wants to build confidence and improve your public speaking skills?    Are you an employer that wants to empower a young up-and-comer in your company to be a better speaker and business professional?      Join us on Tuesday, October 19th for our first ever Young Professionals ‘Speak Up’ event! This is a great opportunity for one to challenge ...
Central Safety Manual Seminar   Is your company’s safety manual up to date? Is it tailored to effectively fit your company’s needs? What if your company has never had a safety manual? With all the new regulations and policy changes that have occurred over the last few years, having a quality safety manual is essential for the success of your company. Implementing construction safety rules and utilizing workplace safety training helps to prevent accidents and sign...
NWA Senior Leader Bootcamp   After conducting several years of Project Manager and Field Leader Training Programs, ABC Arkansas and FMI have partnered together to provide this new program specifically designed for the senior leader.     “Every business leader looks like a genius when the tide is high, but when the tide goes back out, we get to see who was skinny dipping…”   Leading a successful construction business takes more th...
NWA Senior Leader Bootcamp   After conducting several years of Project Manager and Field Leader Training Programs, ABC Arkansas and FMI have partnered together to provide this new program specifically designed for the senior leader.     “Every business leader looks like a genius when the tide is high, but when the tide goes back out, we get to see who was skinny dipping…”   Leading a successful construction business takes more th...