Rockland Business Association, Rockland County NY

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About the Rockland Business Association

RBA is the "voice" of business in Rockland County

The RBA – Who We Are Today

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 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 2016, The Answer To WHY Rockland County is ranked as the 2nd highest taxed county in the United States. A Crushing Burden: Why is Rockland County So Heavily Taxed? An examination of property taxes in Rockland County, NY, and recommendations related to controlling them.
  • 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 Offerings

  • 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.

  • Corporate Partners enable us to generate the initiatives necessary to ensure sound growth and economic development in Rockland County. Corporate partnerships are essential in maintaining and increasing our visibility, thereby strengthening our effectiveness in advancing our business agenda.

Statewide Honor
2010 Chamber of the Year Platinum Award

Al Samuels, President/CEO of the Rockland Business Association, introducing RBA Chair Burt Steinberg and First Vice-Chair Jan Degenshein, to the membership of The Business Council of NYS, at the group's Annual Meeting at the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing, NY.

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.

Al Samuels, President/CEO of the Rockland Business Association, introducing RBA Chair Burt Steinberg and First Vice-Chair Jan Degenshein, to the membership of The Business Council of NYS, at the group's Annual Meeting at the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing, NY



The Rockland Business Association mission is to educate, inform, and provide beneficial services to members and actively represent, promote and support the business community of Rockland County.

Quick Facts about the Rockland Business Association:

  • Not for profit membership organization, incorporated in 1967
  • Headquarters are located at:
    One Blue Hill Plaza - Lobby Level, P.O. Box 1567, Pearl River, New York 10965
  • Organization serves the entire Rockland County business community as well as many firms in The Hudson Valley and New Jersey wishing to do business in Rockland.
  • With more than 1,000 member businesses, our services and benefits target the needs of various sectors of our community including the manufacturing, financial and service industries.

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