Membership Means Something (M & Ms)
May is our membership drive month. Every Chamber member is urged to participate. Are your neighboring businesses Chamber members? If not, encourage them that now is the time! What’s in it for you? As the referring member you receive a $25 credit on your membership renewal for every new member you refer. The new business gets 13 months of membership for the price of 12 and the admin fee is waived for the new member. The current member that refers the most new members during the month of May receives a trophy filled with M & Ms with their name engraved on it that they get to keep for the entire year.

What does the Chamber of Commerce do? We provide marketing, networking and advocacy for our business community. Becoming a member of the Chamber gives your business a chance to be put in front of 1,000,000 eyeballs per year through our website, social media platforms, our print Chamber Community Guide and our weekly electronic communications. We provide two monthly networking opportunities and we provide advocacy at the state level. To learn more visit the website at or call our office at 480 488-3363.
Please call to see how you can still be a part of this event. 480-488-3381

Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Beverage Sponsor
Stage Sponsor
Trophy sponsor
Our Lady of Joy 29 years
Harold’s Corral 21 years
Southwest Gas 16 years
Robert Martino Electric 12 years
City Sun Times  10 years
The UPS Store  10 years
The Gold Mine Thrift Store          9 years
Arizona Musicfest           6 years
Carefree Outdoor Living               6 years
Grace foundation for the Preservation of Americana       6 years
Hundman Law Offices, PLLC        6 years
Neighbors in need          6 years
Vermillion Promotions  5 years
Watson’s Hat Shop         5 years
Allstate – Rebecca Niessink Carefree 4 years
All Mercedes    3 years
Arizona Auto License Service      3 years
HIS Lighting        3 years
State Farm Insurance, Jason McCloud    3 years
Center for the Arts         2 years
Desert Dream Realty      2 years
Gallery at El Pedregal    2 years
The Print Shop 2 years
Allstate – Rebecca Niessink Cave Creek 1 years
Cave Creek Timeshares 1 year
Heritage at Carefree Senior Living            1 year
Venue8600        1 year

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

Anderson Team at Mountain & Desert Properties, LLC
Cave Creek Lifestyle (lifestyle magazine)
Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine
Tour Monkey LLC
Cris’s Cleaning Services, LLC
Bodega 13
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If you are considering starting another business, growing your business or improving the management of your business and want face to face mentoring then come to SCORE!. Our focus is assisting the small business owner in becoming more successful!
WE NOW ARE MENTORING IN THE CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK AREA on the fourth Wed. of every month from 1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

We are a resource partner to your Chamber!
To make an appointment E-Mail , or call John Buchholz at 602-618-5108 for an appointment. 

Are you aware of all the many benefits membership offers? Are you taking full advantage of your benefits?
This months tip our Member Feature- Info Center
This is an excellent member feature that every Chamber Member is entitled to take advantage of but many don't! It's easy an easy one!
Did you know the Chamber office is also an info center? We are the source of information for locals looking for services, a relocation station for new residents and we help many visitors find their way around Carefree and Cave Creek. We recommend where to eat, shop and play for visits and who, where and what services to use for residents.
Is your business card or brochure in the Chamber info center for us to use as a referral? If not please bring or mail us some for our wall of fame! Help us help you get that referral!
If you are interested in mailing us business cards or brochures please do so at:
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377
From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
  In 1955, the founders of Carefree, Tom Darlington and Kenyon Turner Palmer (K.T. Palmer), were a focused team purchasing land, fulfilling their 1946 dream of creating a new, desert-sensitive town. Three sites were considered before the current site was selected for future Carefree. Mr. Palmer eventually owned over 2,000 acres near Pinnacle Peak mountain after originally homesteading 640 acres on the western slope. This was the first choice. The second choice was the southeast corner of Pinnacle Peak and Scottsdale Road. This area became a well-known western-tourist-attraction known as “Rawhide.” Today, Rawhide is gone, and a new shopping center is thriving. Finally, the team had purchased land now called The Summit (a shopping center) with Safeway and Target as current anchor tenants. All three locations had one prohibitive obstacle: inaccessible water. The technology of the early 1950s simply couldn’t find or drill enough water for a future 3,500-person projected community. Finally, a water-rich goat ranch was found. Today, the Carefree business district was the heart of that goat ranch. The goat ranch encompassed beautiful rock formations, the eastern side of Black Mountain, and precious aquifers (underground bodies of water). The price was right, $44,000 for 400 acres. That’s $110 an acre. After WW ll, Ruth Clark and her son Drexel, settled (“squatted”) on what was abandoned land. By 1952 Ruth and Drexel received legal ownership as they raised milk-producing goats. In 1955, the Clarks sold 400 acres to the Carefree Development Company, and a new town with the name Carefree commenced custom-homes sales in 1959. 
Come join your fellow Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber Members for an informational monthly business breakfast presentation and early morning networking!
At Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
7:30 AM- 9:30 AM
$8.00 Members   $15.00 – Non-members
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Join your fellow Chamber Members for a monthly opportunity to network, socialize and win prizes! Always the second Wednesday of every month

$5 for members; $15 for Non-members. Raffle Tickets only $1 each!
Bring a door prize for an opportunity to connect with your Chamber Members!
Town Council Budget Workshop Summary - Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Second Budget Workshops of the Carefree Town Council
The second of three public workshops continued to address the development of the Budget for fiscal year 2019-20. The new fiscal year starts July 1, 2019.
The intent of the first workshop, which was held on April 16, was to gain clarity and create a common understanding among all of the participants of the priorities, issues and concerns within each department. In this second workshop, held on April 23, Carefree Town Administrator, Gary Neiss, presented an overview of the preliminary budget for FY 2019-20 broken down by department and based upon the needs and priorities identified after the last meeting. In this workshop, the Town Council also established the total bottom line expenditure level.
In the next, and final, Budget Workshop, scheduled for 4:30 p.m.on Tuesday, April 23rd, in the Town Council Chambers, the final budget for FY 19-20 will be presented and reviewed. On May 7th, the tentative bottom line budget for next fiscal year will be readied for a final vote by the Town Council at the June 4th Council meeting. All meetings are held at the Town Council Center located at 33 Easy Street in Carefree.

May is upon us. The Fall colors of out of State license plates have severely diminished. It's hot and getting hotter as the Month goes on. April and "Bike Week" is in the rear view mirror.
 Speaking of which I am in receipt of correspondence complaining about the activities and congestion in Cave Creek during this event.
 Arizona Bike Week starts out as a Proclamation by the Governor. I don't know which Arizona Governor started it but it is here to stay.
When the economy began to tank in 2007 and went really bad in 2008 I'm told that our former long term Town Manager encouraged the owner of The Hideaway to make this an event in Cave Creek as well. This was to help replenish Town revenues that were going to be lost because of the economic downturn.
 Since that time "Bike Week" has continued to contribute to the Towns Revenues through Sales Tax. While Individual sales tax numbers are protected from prying eyes by State Law and I am not privy to actual individual businesses numbers, I am told that there is a bump in revenue to the Town of somewhere between 30K and 50K that had not been realized prior to the local businesses taking advantage of the event.
 I know it is an inconvenience to our residents and some of the behavior is not what we would wish for our Town but, as long as nothing illegal is taking place the broadness of the First Amendment takes precedence. 
 The Deputies and Traffic Control costs are not borne by the Town but are covered by the businesses which benefit from the event.
 If you look closely at your Property Tax Statement you will not find a line item that goes directly to your Town. That is because there isn't a Property Tax that supports Cave Creek.
A huge amount of the Towns Revenue comes from Sales Tax so the continued success of our Town hinges on the success of the businesses. 
 This is simply one more example of Cave Creek becoming a victim of it's own success.
 Imagine if you will just exactly what would happen if we did not allow the advance preparations of Traffic Control and Security with this event. Conditions would be completely out of control and I believe some of the celebrants would show up with a chip on their shoulders. 
 As May comes upon us those businesses that have behaved like the Ant and not the Grasshopper will still be here when the Fall colors of license plates begin to once again change .

The views represented in the articles published in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the views of the  Carefree Cave Creek Chamber or it’s Board of Directors.    
Realty Reality
May 2019
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published April 2019
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker

·       Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent .90% of the total sales volume.
·       There is a 2.78-month supply of residential inventory in the Phoenix Metro Area. Generally, a balanced market for buyers and sellers is about 6 months; however, all accurate statistics are neighborhood specific.
·       Total residential inventory is 6.70% higher [23,164 units] than one year ago.
·       Average days on market in Metro Phoenix is 73 days.
·        Median sold price in Metro Phoenix is $267,000; 5.10% higher than one year ago.
·        Average sales price in Metro Phoenix is $338,900 ; 7.10% higher than one year ago.
·       Production new-home “spec” (or speculation) count is 2,336; 154 more than 6 months ago. New-home subdivisions: 610; 43 more than six months ago. (from Ultimate New Homes Newsletter )
·        Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 8,344; this is 11.30% lower than one year ago.
·       The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) reports a conventional, 30-year mortgage, fixed-rate interest rate is 4.17%; one year ago- 4.47%. Please note interest rates change daily.
748 Easy St., P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377