Desert Foothills Land Trust  - 21 years

Foothills Community Foundation  - 19 years

Tatum Ranch Golf Club  - 17 years

Cox Business - 15 years

Bertram Signs & Graphics - 11 years

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine - 9 years

Cave Creek Fitness - formally Freedom Fitness -     10 years

Cave Creek Visitors Guide  - 10 years

Glory Bee's  - 10 years

Sue Bickerdyke Interiors - 9 years 

Foothills Caring Corp - 8 years

Maximum Exterminating - 8 years

Asset Protection Concepts - 7 years

Cave Creek Candles & Gifts  - 6 years

Tech4Life - 6 years

Roadhouse - 5 years

Arizona Musicfest - 4 years

Spartan Promotional Group  - 3 years

Vermillion Promotions  - 3 years

Allstate- Rebecca  Niessink  - 2 years

Arizona Animal Hospital  - 2 years

DPR Realty - 2 years 

Graphics Unleashed - 2 years

Local Jonny’s  - 2 years 

Country Financial- The Bennett Agency  - 1 year

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

Zona's Essential Oils, Vapors & More

Bottom Line Tattoo Company

The Print Shop Cave Creek

Vytis, Ltd

United Heating & Cooling

Bringing Out The Best In You

Lone Mountain Memory Care

Proposition 206!  New requirements for employers begins July 1, 2017

 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 understood 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 effects 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.


Ribbon Cutting - June 6 @5pm

On June 6th at 5pm help the Chamber welcome one of our newest members Vitanya Northeast Scottsdale!

8700 E. Vista Bonita Dr., Suite 140 
Scottsdale, 85262
Evening Mixer - June 14th @ 5:30
Winfield Club House
33505 N Winfield Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 
Mention "Chamber Mixer" at Guardhouse.

$5 for members; $15 for Non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining)  Raffle Tickets only $1 each!

Interested in promoting your business to other members? Get a 30 second commercial about your business by bringing a $30 door prize.

50/50 cash prize and many chances to win! 
2017-2018 Chamber Guide
  • Chamber Business Directory
  • Relocation Section
  • Visitors Information
  • 30,000 copies direct mailed to 5 local zip codes
Space is filling up FAST!

Advertise your business in the Annual Chamber Guide! Now taking orders. Ad space is limited! Colleen or 480-488-3381.
June 29  @ 8am @ Harold's Corral.
$7 for Members & $15 for Non-Members

Membership Appreciation Breakfast

Sponsored by the Ambassador Committee of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce

Network, Business Building Activities, Awesome Prizes

Showcasing your business to our visitors is currently underway for the next season of the Discovery Map of Carefree, Cave Creek and North Scottsdale-2017-2018. A full 24 months for the next publication! Advertising opportunities will end at the end of June. If you'd like to promote your business on the printed and digital version of Discovery Map, please reach out to:
Margie Hans

For complete monthly list please visit the Chamber website.

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

Fearless Art Works - Real(ism) Imagined - June 1, Fearless Poetry Slam - June 3.

Foothills Community FoundationVarious events and days, see website.

Kiwanis Club of Carefree - Weds Meeting at Harold's Corral, 12-1:30pm. Speaker; Capt.Richard Noreika, USN (Retired). 

Local Jonny's - Live Music- May 31, Trivia Night - June 1.

Paradise Valley Community CollegeTribute to Singer / Songwriters - June 2.

Sonoran Arts League - Free Art Classes for Veterans - June 1, Fine Art Fridays - June 2.

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
From the Cave Creek Museum 
Kraig Nelson, docent and historian

Yes, there is a stream called Cave Creek. It’s old; it’s very old. Two geologists, Peter L. Doorn and Troy L. Pewe in their 1989 tome (612 pages), Geologic and Gravimetric Investigations of the Carefree Basin tell us the ancient stream began to flow about five million years ago (the Pliocene Epoch). Additionally, they tell us Cave Creek has had the same flow for at least two million and perhaps three million years. The eminent geologists state the original stream was approximately 300 feet higher than today. They have identified and named, four levels or terraces above Cave Creek from the highest (oldest) to the lowest (youngest): Little Elephant (Pliocene Epoch); Mesquite Tank, Cahava Ranch, and Hidden View were “down-cutting” during the Pleistocene Epoch, ending 11,700 years ago; and finally, Cave Creek as we know it today.  

Realty Reality
June 2017
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published May, 2017
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Carefree - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 45.35% higher; active listings [133] were 13.64% lower; and the median sold price [$710,000] was 3.40% lower, compared to one year ago. 
Average days on market were 167. 21 residential units closed escrow.
Cave Creek - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 4.11% lower; active listings [308] were 16.08% lower; and the median sold price [$390,000] was 6.85% higher, compared to one year ago. 
Average days on market were 103. 59 residential units closed escrow.
Scottsdale - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 10.85% higher; active listings [3,120] were 13.95% lower; and the median sold price [$424,750] was 6.45% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 107.  804 residential units closed escrow.
Phoenix (city only)Sold volume (dollar amount) was 17.53% higher; active listings [3,885] were 9.06% lower; and the median sold price [$219,000] was 5.80% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 67.  2,130 residential units closed escrow.

Kraig’s Comments-
  • Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 2.50% of the total sales volume.
  • There is a 2.79-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 10.50% lower [24,176 units] than one year ago.
  • Entire Phoenix Metro Area: median sold price is $234,000; 5.40% higher than one year ago.  Average days on market were 76.
  • Average sold price compared to original list price is 96.70% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $386,800.
  • Production new-home “spec” (or speculation) count is 2,342, just 1 more than 6 months ago. (from Ultimate New Homes Newsletter)
  • Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 8,666. This is 4.50% higher than one year ago.
  • Total dollar amount for Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed: $2,520,550,378. (that’s 2 billion, 551 million- rounded for conversation). This is 12.61% higher than one year ago.
  Would you like to learn more and drive less? Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is the neighborhood choice for pursing your educational goals. Fall 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.

Are you an educator? Paradise Valley Community College is looking for qualified adjunct instructors for both the Black Mountain and Union Hills campuses. While most positions do require that the instructor has a Master’s degree in the field that they are interested in teaching, minimum qualifications can vary. Please review the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Faculty Minimum Qualifications to learn more. Positions for both locations are hired through the divisions at the Union Hills location. If you would like more information about opportunities at the Black Mountain campus, including division contact information, please email Loretta Mondragon at . Applications can be submitted online here.
 Don’t want to grade papers? The Learning Support department is always looking for Tutors. Tutoring services are offered at both campuses.  Interested individuals should contact Mary Early at .

Why Carefree Changed the Timing of the Annual Christmas Parade -Mayor Les Peterson

Carefree has received a number of questions inquiring about the reasons why the annual Christmas Parade was changed from a nighttime parade to a daytime parade. Be assured that this was a very considered decision, and was made only after substantial discussions with the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, with whom Carefree partners sponsoring this parade, many local merchants and the Police and others who manage traffic before and after the parade. 

There were a number of factors supporting this change. On the positive side, most major parades take place during daylight hours - like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade, to name a few. Most parades in small town America take place during the mid-day hours. But, besides the popularity of daylight parades, there were also other pertinent factors that played into this decision to change the timing for the Christmas parade. These included the decreased participation of lighted floats in Carefree’s Christmas parade in recent years. Another reason was that for a nighttime parade, parade viewers had to arrive early to secure prime viewing locations, but in so doing they blocked access to our merchants for an entire Saturday afternoon.  

But the most compelling, and controlling, aspect of our discussions was doing our best to enhance the safety of the many people viewing the parade - and returning to their cars in darkness after the parade.

Returning to their cars in darkness after a nighttime parade is more dangerous than returning during daylight hours. Visibility on dark, unlighted streets is significantly less than during daylight hours. Every year the police would tell us about near accidents of a car skidding to a stop within a few feet of a young family pushing a stroller as they returned to their car after the parade. The Town of Carefree just couldn’t, in good conscience, continue a practice that brought on this higher level of risk caused by the darkness.

Carefree definitely wanted to keep the Christmas parade, but we wanted to make it as safe as possible. Our discussions with many other municipalities supported the decision to move the Carefree Christmas parade to a daytime execution. Other municipalities who have moved to daytime parades are experiencing greater participation of floats and viewers than their previous nighttime parades. The initial response to Carefree’s daytime parade parallels theirs. We are receiving greater levels of interest in participation in the Carefree Christmas parade during daylight hours than we have seen In many years.

We are looking forward to building upon the Carefree Christmas tradition which has been built during the last decade. Join us in celebrating the entire Christmas Season.

  The Town of Cave Creek is seeking candidates for the position of Town Manager. The ideal candidate is a strongly committed individual and strong generalist local government professional who has a positive record of achievement and who exhibits a history of building constructive working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. He or she will actively solicit good ideas from all levels of the organization and will have the ability to earn respect and to foster innovative solutions to Town problems through sound administrative practices and outstanding strategic planning skills. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of effective staff management, community relations, and significant experience working with council. Candidates should be visionary leaders with demonstrated expertise in economic development and possess long-range planning skills.
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned, experienced local government executive with substantial (e.g. 8 years) of highly relevant experience, which could include experience as the assistant/deputy town/city manager. A Master’s degree in Public Administration or Business Administration is required. An equivalent combination of experience and education is considered qualifying. Please see the job announcement for more information about the Town of Cave Creek, our local government, desired qualities, and compensation package.
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
748 Easy St.,  P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377