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

Civilian RCivilian Response to Active Shooter Events Course Presented by the FBI Statewide Zoom Event / Lunch & Learn in North Little Rock     Join us virtually or in person for this free educational experience provided by the FBI on Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events. The presentation is built on the Avoid Deny Defend strategy developed by ALERRT. You will be given strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event that includes hi...
Chapter Young Professionals Program Best Practices Webinar   ABC Members Only   Date: Thursday, Jan. 27 Time: 2 p.m. CT Speakers: Shane Fagan, A.J. Kirkwood & Associates Inc.; Jeremy Lynch, Resource Options Inc.; Juliane Medd, Consigli; Martha Patterson, ABC of Metro Washington; Andrew Perzi, Blue Bear Waste Services, LLC; Lindsey Russ, ABC Pelican Chapter Moderator: Jake Reedy, ABC   Join us for a discussion with chapter staff and members repre...
Joint Happy Hour with ABC Arkansas & WTS   ABC Arkansas and WTS Arkansas are ringing in the new year with a joint Happy Hour on January 27th at Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge in Little Rock!   WTS is an organization designed to unify local transportation professionals as they aim to advance women's careers to strengthen the transportation industry.    Join us for a fun evening of networking with industry peers!   All men, women...
NWA Industry Insight Forum Breakfast   Join us on Wednesday, February 2nd at the Record in Bentonville for breakfast followed by a forum with key members on our panel! This is a great opportunity to discuss current issues and trends with a range of respected professionals in our industry, including an attorney, CPA, developer, and economist! We encourage all members to attend. Following the forum, attendees will have the chance to ask the panelists questions.   There is no ...
Central Dale Carnegie Workshop: Confident Impressions with Project Presentations   Have you ever left a project bid presentation and thought you didn’t demonstrate your confidence or even your experience to the best of your abilities? Our presence is a critical factor in whether organizations decide to do business with us. When you present yourself as confident, capable, and prepared, your presence will leave an impact.    In this workshop we will learn a repe...
OSHA Focus Four Safety Advisory Discussion Statewide Zoom Discussion / Luncheon in North Little Rock     OSHA's Focus Four Hazards campaign is an initiative intended to raise awareness about the four leading hazards in the construction industry. These include falls, caught in or between, struck by, and electrocution.   It's imperative that Safety Directors, Managers, Supervisors, and all employees understand the dangers of the Focus Four and how to p...
Breakfast with the Executives Series- 1st Quarter   On February 9th, we will kick off our quarterly Breakfast with the Executives Series for 2022! 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 first executive, Mark Middleton, President of Middleton, Inc...
Western Chili Cook Off    Please join us for ABC's Western Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney on February 17th in Fort Smith! Companies may enter a team to have their chili judged. All cooking is done on site throughout the afternoon.    Members, prospects, and guests that aren't entering a team can still come out that evening for all you can eat and drink! Come enjoy a night of good food and networking!   Registration Form   Send regi...
Northwest Dale Carnegie Workshop: Confident Impressions with Project Presentations   Have you ever left a project bid presentation and thought you didn’t demonstrate your confidence or even your experience to the best of your abilities? Our presence is a critical factor in whether organizations decide to do business with us. When you present yourself as confident, capable, and prepared, your presence will leave an impact.    In this workshop we will learn a re...
NWA Breakfast with the Executives Series- 1st Quarter   On February 23rd, we will kick off our quarterly Breakfast with the Executives 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 first executive, Chris Schnurbusch, President of South East Regi...
Western Industry Insight Forum Breakfast   Join us on Wednesday, March 2nd at The Bakery in Fort Smith for breakfast followed by a forum with key members on our panel! This is a great opportunity to hear about current issues and trends from a range of respected professionals in our industry. We will discuss the construction outlook for Fort Smith, legislative issues, workforce development, 2022 tax updates, and more! We encourage all members to attend. Following the forum, attendees w...
Arkansas Foodbank Volunteer Shift with ABC   Help fight hunger in Central Arkansas by joining ABC for a volunteer shift at the Arkansas Foodbank on March 2nd! The Arkansas Foodbank’s mission is to find pathways to connect people, resources and food to reach those in need, providing dignity, hope and a brighter future for all Arkansans. We hope you will attend and help us give back to our community!   Registration is Required  Spots are limited, first come firs...
NWA Dale Carnegie Workshop: Advancing Women in Leadership in Construction   According to the Center for American Progress- The Women’s Leadership Gap (2019): women make up 50.8 percent of the U.S. population and earn almost 57 percent of the undergrad degrees and 59% of all master degrees. They account for 47 percent of the U.S. labor force and 52.5 percent of the college educated workforce. And yet, women make up just 26.5 of executive and senior officials and managers, 11 p...