On Monday, April 4th, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bills for the $15 minimum wage and 12-week paid family leave, thus effectively ending for business the Budget Battle of 2016.
However, we need to carefully monitor the effects of these initiatives as they progress through their phase-in periods and we must continue to voice strong concern over the anti-business rhetoric used to justify them. To that extent our efforts continue.
Clearly, this year, business was not the big winner. But, we were not without our victories.
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The Rockland Business Association (RBA) was founded August 31, 1967, by a group of 40 local business leaders concerned with assisting the county in its growth, both as a business community and in its cultural and social programs.
The goals have been essentially unchanged since its formation. The need for the organization's involvement, however, has intensified over the years as the county has grown from a parochial, semi-rural community into a critically important regional partner. In fact, today the RBA is the most regional of all similar associations in the Hudson Valley, with 24 per cent of its members coming from outside of Rockland.
The RBA is viewed as one of New York's most influential public policy and economic development organizations.
The RBA has twice been recognized as a Best of Business Honoree by the Small Business Commerce Association; was NY's 2001 Small Business Not-For-Profit of the Year; won a Regional Achievement Award in 2009 from Pattern for Progress and, in 2010, was named The Business Council's First Platinum Level Chamber of the Year.
Among its many significant contributions to the local and regional communities are the issuance of the White Paper of 2012, which changed both the elected and staff leadership that led Rockland in the seven-year fiscal spiral that earned us the title of Most Fiscally Stressed County in NY. The document also changed the course of action regarding the financially draining Summit Park Hospital and County Pharmacy.
The inaugural RBA Professional Marketing Council was a big hit with ideas flowing about different meeting formats and how to provide the general membership with guidance on how to market their businesses.
This group will meet monthly to share ideas, gain industry knowledge and network with peers. A few times a year, they will present a forum that all members may attend. The group is chaired by Ann Byne of The Byne Group.
The 11th Annual RBA Women's Leadership Council Fashion Show was a wonderful success with Avon cosmetic make-overs and beautiful fashions from Lord & Taylor. Our very own RBA women modeled their designer wear at Crestview Conference Center in W. Nyack, NY.
The Rockland County Budget Crisis: How it happened, and plotting a course to fiscal health
A white-paper study commissioned by the Rockland Business Association
in partnership with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
General Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Casa Mia Manor House
577 Route 303, Blauvelt
US Marshal So. District of NY
RBA Trivia Night fun!
Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave Initiatives: A Threat to Rockland Businesses and Not-For-Profits
Welcome new RBA members!
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Rockland Business Association,
One Blue Hill Plaza, P.O. Box 1567, Lobby Level, Pearl River, NY 10965
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Rockland Business Association
Photographs by Kathy Kahn & Rick Samuels