Desert Foothills Plumbing - 23 years

MacDonald’s Ranch – 19 years 

Farm Bureau Financial Service – 5 years

Arizona Territorial Antiques - 4 years 

GM Hunt Builders & Remodelers - 4 years 

Triple R Horse Rescue - 4 years

Carefree Maintenance Group - 2 years

Total Sports Therapy - 2 years

L Skincare - 1 year

ProSkill Plumbing & Air - 1 year

Ric’s Body & Paint - 1 year

AAA Arizona - 1 year 

Silver Spur Saloon - 1 year

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.

Liberty Station

Titan Alarm

Q to U BBQ

N2 Publishing for Terravita Publication

Proposition 206!

 As an employer, do you understand the new requirements?  Are you prepared with the necessary tools for compliance? 

I’m not talking about the new minimum wage!  I’m talking about the most misunderstood piece of Proposition 206…Mandatory sick leave for every employee!

Do you already offer paid sick leave to your employees?  Good for you if you do!  Do you know that the reasons that employees can take earned sick leave have broadened?  In order to be in compliance do you know what those broadened reasons are?  Do you know that there are monetary fines to employers that aren’t in compliance?

Do you know that employee pay stubs must contain the amount of accrued sick leave and the amount of used sick leave?

Do you know what the accrual amounts are per employee?

Remember paid sick leave for your employees is mandatory for every employer even if you only have one employee.  Paid sick leave is mandatory if that employee is seasonal, part time or commission only.  This affects everyone!

If you need some help understanding these new rules please call the Chamber office.  We have the resources to connect you to the right information.


Patty Villeneuve. President/CEO

Feb 15 @ 8am - 12pm

Attend this FREE event to learn how to Get Funded, Get Marketing and Get Growing your new business.   

Please register by Feb 6th to guarantee your place at this exciting Chamber event.

February 15th Agenda

8:00am: Welcome

8:15am: Forecasting the Future

8:45am: Building Strong Business for the Future

9:30am: Building a Better Mousetrap

10:10: Introduction to Brain Trust/ Peer to Peer Discussion

10:15: Break, Networking & Business Expo

10:45: Brain Trust/ Peer to Peer Discussion

11:45: Closing Remarks

2016/2017 Internship Scholarship Raffle
50/50 Scholarship raffle, you can  win $3,000!
Benefits a Cactus Shadows senior involved in the Career & Technical Education Program and has interned for a local business. 
Call or email  Colleen  to get your raffle ticket today before they are all gone! 480-488-3381

Membership 101 -  Whether you are a brand new member of the Chamber or you have been a Chamber member for years...this event is for you!  Please join me, staff, Board members and Ambassadors on Friday, February 3rd from 8-9 AM at the Chamber office to receive information about how to get the most out of your Chamber membership.  Space is limited - please email or call to RSVP or 480-488-3381
February 8;  5:30 - 7pm
at  Dove Valley Golf Course
33750 N Dove Lakes Dr, Cave Creek

$5 for Members and $15 for non-members (guests will be able to attend twice before joining the chamber).

Raffle Tickets Only $1

Bring a door prize valued at $50 or more and get a 30 second commercial to talk about your business. 

50/50 Cash Prize and many chances to win!

Business Breakfast;  Feb 238 - 9:30am

Harold's Corral - 6895 E Cave Creek Rd.

$7 for Members and $15 for non-members (guests will be able to attend twice before joining the chamber).

New Year Gift From Bartlett Lake!

Bartlett Lake Marina is offering a Pontoon Boat Rental and/or Ski Boat Rental for a full week day (Mon-Thur, Excluding Holidays). We are offering a 20 foot Pontoon Boat that will hold 8 people comfortably and/or a 18.5 foot Ski Boat that will hold 5 people comfortably. This deal is only available to the first 150 people. Your purchase can be used till December 15, 2017. Please read the Fine Print for more details. For more information about Bartlett Lake Marina please refer to our website at

Black Mountain Business Consultants - Surviving the Healthcare Reform Act - Feb 1.

Carefree Farmer's Market -  Every Friday, 8am - 1pm. Located at the Carefree Sundial in the Desert Gardens.

Cave Creek Chapel - Open House - Feb 4, 11am - 3pm.

Cave Creek Museum - Family Fun Workshop - Jan 8 @ 1:30pm

Desert Foothills Library - Various events and days, see website.

Desert Foothills YMCA - Monday Yoga in the Gardens, Carefree Sundial.

Easy Street Galleria - Art Walk - Jan 6, Encaustic Intro Class - Jan 7.

Foothills Community FoundationVarious events and days, see website.

Kiwanis Club of Carefree - Weds Meeting at Harold's Corral, 12-1:30pm. The speaker is Les Peterson, Mayor of the Town of Carefree.

PVCC Center for Performing Arts - Film Festival - Feb 1 @ 6:30pm, A Jazz Tribute to the Beatles - Feb 3 @ 7:30.

ProMusica2017 season

Silver Spur Saloon - Mel's Auction- Jan 31.

Spring Treasure Fest - Magic Bird Festivals at The Roadhouse, Feb 3, 4 & 5.

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Various events and days, see website.   

UCP of Central Arizona - Fun Run, Walk & Roll - Feb 5.


What is Kiwanis?
Kiwanis is a service club whose mission is to serve the children in the community by sponsoring AKTION Club (community service for young adults with special needs), Key Club (service leadership organization for teens that teaches leadership through service to others), scholarships ($50,000 awarded in 2016), Science Fairs and other Science and Engineering related education activities and Terrific Kids & BUG programs.  They are able to sponsor these activities through fundraising at their Bi-Annual Pancake Breakfast, sales through the Marketplace re-sale store and through generous donations from community and club members.
What's in it for you to become a member of Kiwanis?
Fellowship and fun: Kiwanis members don't just do service-they have fun. Members make new friends by being part of the club where they attend meetings and participate in social events. Our local Kiwanis club also provides excellent networking opportunities for professionals. Members meet new people from all over their community through service projects, fundraising and by attending the weekly meeting.
The Kiwanis Marketplace is located just across the street from Dairy Queen at:
6535 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Marketplace Phone Number:  480.488.7169

Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is the neighborhood choice for pursing your educational goals. Spring enrollment is ongoing, so stop by our office, or call (602)493-2600 to speak with an academic advisor. Advisors can assist you with registering for classes, making payments, and determining the steps necessary to turn your ambitions into reality.

February’s highlighted class is BPC005, a Brief Introduction to Computers. If you are new to computers and would like to learn the basics, this is the class for you! This class covers material such as using Windows, saving and locating files and pictures, searching the internet, and setting up and using Facebook. The class meets from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on February 2, 8, 15, and 22. For more information, contact Michelle Carter at (602) 787-6746.

Looking for something fun to do this month? PVCC at Black Mountain and the Phoenix Astronomical Society are hosting a star party! During the event, high-powered telescopes will be accessible for star-viewing. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (602) 561-5398. If you would like to RSVP for the event, email

PVCC at Black Mountain is calling all volunteers who are passionate about STEAM to participate in STEAMtastic! The event is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in everyday life through fun, hands-on, activities for all ages. It will take place on Thursday, March 9, 2017, and will consist of an expo from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM followed by a star party from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Activities will include dry ice ice cream, molecular gastronomy, paper airplanes with LEDs, the science of brewing, and much, much more. Volunteers of all ages are welcome! We do request that volunteers 12 and under be accompanied by an adult. To volunteer fill out our volunteer form at, or call us at (602)493-2600.

From the Cave Creek Museum 
Kraig Nelson, docent and historian

Many are aware that Tom Darlington and K.T. Palmer were the founders of Carefree. There was another person who was instrumental with the early development of Carefree, his name was Leslie “Les” Rhuart.  Les was locally educated at Brophy High, Phoenix College, and finally the University of Arizona where he earned an engineering degree. He worked with Tom Darlington at AiResearch, in Phoenix, where Mr. Darlington was plant manager of the engineering company during WW ll. When the Carefree Development Corporation was formed (hence the town’s name), Mr. Rhuart was the vice-president, Tom Darlington was president, and K. T. Palmer was secretary-treasurer. Les was the president of the Carefree Water Company, Desert Forest golf course, and the Desert Forest Inn (now, the Carefree Inn). Additionally, he was involved with the development of the Carefree County Club, known today as The Boulders Resort and Spa.

Realty Reality: February , 2017

Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published January, 2017
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 11.89% higher; active listings [143] were 6.72% higher; and the median sold price [$521,000] was 5.44% higher, compared to one year ago. 
Average days on market were 194.    13 residential units closed escrow.
Cave Creek-
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 71.85% higher; active listings [293] were 9.85% lower; and the median sold price [$430,000] was 14.67% higher, compared to one year ago. 
Average days on market were 105.     69 residential units closed escrow.
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 9.13% higher; active listings [3,034] were 0.88% lower; and the median sold price [$399,000] was 6.40% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 107.     641 residential units closed escrow.
Phoenix (city only) -
Sold volume (dollar amount) was 11.49% higher; active listings [3,812] were 3.00% lower; and the median sold price [$212,250] was 5.48% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 69.    1,724 residential units closed escrow.

Kraig’s Comments-

  • Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 3.80% of the total sales volume. Short sales are down 52.20%; lender-owned sales are down 23.10% from one year ago.
  • There is a 3.20-month supply of residential inventory in the Phoenix Metro Area. A balanced market for buyers and sellers is considered to be about 6 months.
  • Total residential inventory is 1.60% lower [22,536 units] than one year ago.
  • Entire Phoenix Metro Area: median sold price is $227,000; 5.60% higher than one year ago.  Average days on market were 77.
  • Average sold price compared to original list price is 96.09% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $384,360.
  • Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 7,036. This is 4.40% higher than one year ago.
  • Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed dollar amount: $1,978,046,411 (that’s 1 billion, 978 million- rounded for conversation). This is 11.82% higher than one year ago.

Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
748 Easy St.,  P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377