ABC maximizes its opportunities among its members locally and nationally. On a local basis, chapter events include
- regional dinner meetings with guest speakers twice a year
- golf outing
- Excellence in Construction awards
- 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; associates have the opportunity to meet company representatives that can utilize their services 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 the specified work category. Similarly, Bid Alerts are sent out frequently, giving the opportunity for members to work with one another.
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 monthly electronic newsletter, The Merit Update, and our online Membership Directory, as well as our smartphone app, continue to generate new leads daily. As construction users 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.