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From The President's Desk

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 RBA – Who We Are Today

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 President/CEO of the RBA is one of only two Rocklanders serving as voting members on Governor Andrew Cuomo's Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.

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.

Rockland Business Association Launches Professional Marketing Council

May 18, 2016 – Pearl River, NY - The Rockland Business Association (RBA) is pleased to announce the formation of the Professional Marketing Council, a group launched to support and nourish members of the RBA who work in, manage, and/or run the marketing departments for a business, corporation, and/or agency. This council, chaired by Ann Byne, Principal of The Byne Group, a creative marketing and public relations agency in Suffern, is currently seeking members who will commit to meet monthly to share ideas, gain industry knowledge, and network with peers. Additionally, this council will organize and present three membership events each year that provide general RBA members with insights and tools to market their own businesses. Topics will revolve around social media, public relations, branding, advertising, and other marketing topics as suggested by RBA members. (read more)


Pinnacle Awards 2016

The RBA's Pinnacle Award's program has grown to be the outstanding business event of the year.

We are pleased to honor a wonderful slate of deserving businesspeople at the 13th Annual 2016 Pinnacle Awards.



Hector May, Executive Compensation Planners accepts the Chairman's Award for Overall Business Excellance from Debra Boening, Oak Beverages, Inc.
Hector May, Executive Compensation Planners accepts the Chairman's Award for Overall Business Excellance from Debra Boening, Oak Beverages, Inc.

April RBA General Membership Luncheon

The April 21, 2016 General Membership Luncheon featured Lucy Redzeposki, Director of Rockland County's Economic Growth & Tourism.

She shared her contagious enthusiasm during her presentation 'Rockland Re-Ignites Tourism'. Capital One Bank sponsored the event.

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Chris Economides, Market Credit Executive Senior VP and Christopher Martorano, VP Business Banking - Capital One Bank
Chris Economides, Market Credit Executive Senior VP and Christopher Martorano, VP Business Banking - Capital One Bank

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  • The Rockland Business Association educates, informs and provides beneficial services to our members.
  • 25% of our membership are non-Rockland based businesses. Expand your business reach and network.
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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

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General Membership Luncheon

June 16
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The TIME Hotel
400 High Street, Nyack

NY's Paid Family Leave Policy: Wait Till You Hear The Truth

Frank Kerbein
Director Center for Human Resources, Business Council of NY

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC

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Current RBA Bulletin

February 2016

Member Testimonial

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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