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Minimum Wage

The Rockland Business Association is a proud founding member of the Minimum Wage Reality Check campaign supported by a growing coalition of organizations that oppose increasing New York State’s minimum wage to $15.

Increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour will negatively impact all New Yorkers. A $15 per hour minimum wage will put many struggling small businesses, family farms and not-for-profit service providers out of business. Others will have to reduce the number of people they employ, reduce employees’ hours and put a freeze on a plan to add staff or expand operations. NYS Department of Labor has stated this action would cost business $15.7 billion and Manhattan Institute has published studies that show NY would lose a minimum of 200,000 jobs.

Please visit www.minimumwagerealitycheck.com to learn more and to join our coalition.

If you have any questions, please call Al Samuels at: (845) 735-2100


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.


RBA's Trivia Night

RBA's first Trivia Night was a huge success with Master of Ceremony, Kerry Potter of WRCR 1700 Radio and sponsor, Atlantic Tomorrow's Office. A second Trivia Night is being planned for one of the summer months. We looking forward to another great event with lots of laughs, prizes and camaraderie.


Kerry Potter with new member Carlos Barrett of Ideal Brokerage listen to Solar City's Tim Englert talk about upcoming Rockland Ice Show

Kerry Potter with new member Carlos Barrett of Ideal Brokerage listen to Solar City's Tim Englert talk about upcoming Rockland Ice Show.

A full house for Trivia Night: A first for the RBA but not the last.A full house for Trivia Night: A first for the RBA but not the last.

RBA General Membership Luncheon - January 2016

The State of the RBA - The Year Ahead was presented by Al Samuels, President/CEO of the RBA at the January General Membership Luncheon.

New member Caryn Cosertini, Webster Private Bank and Brian McConnell, Cornell Cooperative Extension
New member Caryn Cosertini, Webster Private Bank and Brian McConnell, Cornell Cooperative Extension

RBA's New Year Celebration

The RBA rung in the New Year at a holiday celebration at Restaurant X sponsored by Goldstein Lieberman & Company.

Dan Sheridan, Stephanie Pierce and John Kenny, Peoples United Bank
Dan Sheridan, Stephanie Pierce and John Kenny, Peoples United Bank
New Member Jeffrey Appleman, B2BCFO and Julie Sadowski, JCC Rockland
New Member Jeffrey Appleman, B2BCFO and Julie Sadowski, JCC Rockland

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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The RBA Directory

Your link to the Rockland Business Association's community of business professionals: The 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

Thursday
February 11
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Hilton Pearl River

Speaker:
Ken Pokalsky, NYS Business Council

Topic:
Critical Issues for 2016

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Current RBA Bulletin

October 2015

IRG joins RBA and enters into purchase/sale agreement for the Pearl-River based Pfizer property

Spectra Energy joins RBA

NorthEast Community Bank opens Spring Valley branch

Welcome new RBA members!

Welcome to fall and cooler weather!
General Membership Meeting, Time Hotel


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