ABC maximizes its opportunities amongst its members locally and nationally. On a local basis, monthly chapter events include
- dinner meetings with guest speakers,
- golf outings,
- Excellence in Construction awards,
- PAC night and
- other appropriate gatherings to bring members together to network.
These are the times when general contractors & construction managers seek to meet prime contractors to bid their work and talk about future projects; prime contractors introduce other prime contractors to developers and architects for future consideration; and associates have the opportunity to meet company representatives that can utilize their service or products.
On a local and national basis, networking occurs on a daily basis as calls come into the ABC office asking for current lists of members for Illinois projects. These requests are directed to all members in a given appropriate work category with an offer to have the owner or general contractor utilize our plans room.
Our plans room offers owners and general contractors the opportunity to place their plans in our facility for the review and bidding of ABC prime contractors. This facilitates the review by both parties as the owner saves on sending out unlimited copies of the plans at substantial costs, the prime contractors are notified from our office via "BID ALERTS" and have a central place in which to review the plans, or make copies only of the pages they need.
Committee participation via ABC standing committees (see application for specifics) also offers an opportunity to become familiar with other business owners as you advance a shared cause or interest. Advancement to a national committee or attendance at a national convention produces even more opportunities to develop business relationships.
ABC continues to educate construction users on the advantages of using ABC Merit Shop businesses. Daily, requests for referrals are received at the ABC office and range from out-of-state contractors seeking qualified sub contractors and suppliers to local owners looking for qualified builders for their projects. Using their award winning Membership Directory and promoting a state-wide public image campaign, ABC is dedicated in bringing you business opportunities.
The ABC National website hosts findcontractors.com. When potential construction users build in unfamiliar areas, they can rely on this electronic national directory as their source to find Merit Shop contractors and suppliers.
Our weekly electronic newsletter, The Merit Update, and our annual Membership Directory continue to generate new leads daily. As construction users more and more see the merit in using Merit Shop contractors, these publications are in great demand. Besides categorical and alphabetical listing arrangements, specific individual advertising space is available.