The Rockland Business Association (RBA) was founded August 31, 1967, by a group of 40 local business leaders, as a not-for-profit 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:
We offer numerous networking opportunities, seminars and workshops that impact your bottom line.
Our monthly General Membership Meetings have offered a number of influential and powerful leaders as keynote speakers including: New York's Gov. George Pataki; U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton; New York's Education Commissioner, Richard Mills; Bobby Kennedy Jr. and others. Celebrity Annual Dinner speakers have included Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Ed Koch and Yankee Skipper Joe Torre.
Our members also benefit from member referral services, free publications, advertising opportunities, regulatory updates, annual golf outing and the RBA Expo.
The Rockland Business Association is an advocacy organization, promoting business friendly legislation and supporting the elimination of legislation that is onerous to the business community. We are proud to say that we have been most effective in preventing the adoption of a number of regulations which may have resulted in a huge cost to some of our member firms.
Samuels accepted the statewide organization's 2010 Chamber of the Year Platinum Award, the highest honor bestowed on group's like the RBA by The Business Council.
The RBA was chosen from over 60 organizations because of its accomplishments in the areas of Public Policy, legislative advocacy and innovative programs such as the Hospitality & Tourism Alliance, the Women's Forum and the Green Council.