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Rockland Business Association


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.

The RBA twice led successful campaigns to defeat the Living Wage Movement's attempts to impose its arbitrary wage rates on our businesses. The organization developed the strategy that led to the creation of Rockland's Empire Zone Task Force and brought the issue of broadband infrastructure to the public forum which then led to the creation of then County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef's Technology Leadership Council.

The RBA was the:

  • leading advocate for the new Tappan Zee Bridge
  • prime motivator for the adoption of legislation for an Executive form of government.
  • group responsible for the Airmont Interchange on the NYS Thruway and for the formation of Rockland's Industrial Development Authority.

The RBA is known as “The Voice of Business.” Through the RBA, businesses are able to work together achieving goals that could not be attained by working as single entities.

Al Samuels Featured Guest on Meet the Leaders

President and CEO of the Rockland Business Association, Al Samuels, is the featured guest on Cablevision's July 24th edition of Meet the Leaders with Kerry Donovan.

President and CEO of the Rockland Business Association, Al Samuels, is the featured guest on Cablevision's July 24th edition of Meet the Leaders with Kerry Donovan. Topics discussed include the strengths and challenges of Rockland’s economic engine, the proposed Legoland project, the Tappan Zee Bridge construction and the East Ramapo School district controversy. Click to view or watch on Channel 118 Cabelvision. (Note: if the video doesn't play, please copy and paste the following URL into your Browser's window and hit Enter, http://www.meettheleaders.com/2015/07/rockland-business-association/)


October Business After Hours

TD Bank, Pearl River branch, hosted the RBA for their October Business After Hours. A good time was had by all, as we enjoyed good food and great camaraderie.

Mixing and Munching at TD Bank
Mixing and Munching at TD Bank


September General Membership Luncheon

Rockland County Ed Day spoke at the September 10, 2015 General Membership Luncheon

Lots of networking going on at each table
Lots of networking going on at each table

The Rockland Business Association
Visibility, Opportunities and Advocacy for Your Business

Become involved.

  • 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.
  • As a member, each of your employees are eligible to participate in member events and discounts. Not a member yet, fill out the application.


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Look for the the RBA Directory in your Mailbox

We've mailed the new RBA 2015 - 2016 Membership Directory & Living in Rockland Guide.

Click here for our current on-line membership directory

RBA Membership Directory


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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

October 15
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Rockland Country Club
380 Route 9W

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Current RBA Bulletin

12th Annual Pinnacle Awards Dinner a memorable event!

Did you know? All about your RBA

"End of Session Business Coalition" work continues

May 6 Business After Hours

Learn about bringing Chinese tourists
to Rockland County on May 28

June 9 is "the other RBA" collaboration luncheon

Protein Sciences' June 25 reception to celebrate licensing of Flublok vaccine

Welcome new RBA members!

RBA April 16th General Membership Luncheon
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