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Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the surveys we have sent out over the last couple of months. I appreciate you taking the time. The information is vital to help guide us in providing the proper resources for you.
Summer Happenings:
Celebration of Excellence that was scheduled for May 13 has been postponed until later in the year. We are planning and hoping for a fantastic end of the year party where we can all be together and celebrate our winners of the Chamber Choice awards, Impact award, Mick Ennis Service award and Business of the Year for 2019. We will be hosting a series of Facebook Live events through the summer and fall introducing each of the winners. Stay tuned for dates and times. We look forward to celebrating with all these folks through the summer, fall and early winter.
We will be hosting Zoom Mixers for August and September (no Mixer in July). These zoom meetings will be really cool and will offer virtual tours of local restaurant kitchens and interviews with the chef.
The July and August Business Breakfast will also be offered through a zoom meeting. We had quite a few chamber members attending our June 25 zoom Business Breakfast. Our guest speaker was Melanie Brown, representing Congressman David Schweikert’s office. The topic was steps and resources to apply for PPP forgiveness. Details on speakers for July and August will be coming soon.
Lastly, I want to let you know that the Chamber Guide ad deadline has been extended until July 31 due to the shutdown. Our production schedule is still on time with mail delivery of the new guide scheduled for the first week of October.
Chamber staff is here for you! As always, we work hard to have resources available. Please do not hesitate to call with questions or concerns. 
Patty Villeneuve
Learn about SBA’s lending role and how to prepare a request for capital. Come to this FREE monthly clinic to understand credit requirements, interest rates, collateral terms, and amounts available. Learn how to approach a lender, find bankers interested in your needs and improve your chances of success. This program covers regular 7a lending and programs. PPP will be mentioned but not in detail as this program has different rules.
WHEN:      First Wednesday of every month
TIME:        9:00am to 11:00am
REMOTE SESSION VIA Microsoft Teams: 
Find sources of capital to start or grow your business
Learn what the lender credit requirements are for loan approval
Learn interest rates, terms, amounts, and collateral requirements
Learn how to approach a lender by knowing what they are looking for
Find which banks are interested in your loan needs

+1 202-765-1264 United States, Washington DC (Toll)
Conference ID: 837 909 022#
NEED MORE INFO? Call 602-745-7200 or email
All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis
We're happy to announce Boot Camp sessions have been extended through the end of July! In observance of Independence Day, we will not have a session on Friday, July 3.
Managing for the Longer Haul

Business people, no matter the nature of the business, are generally optimistic. We believe in ourselves, our ability to cope with short-term problems and inevitable success in the longer term. 
Going into the pandemic many of us foresaw a short lock down followed by an immediate rapid recovery.  Three months later, we now know our optimism was overly optimistic. As we all know, in Arizona COVID -19 cases are increasing. A second wave in the fall is certainly possible. For the longer haul, we need to adjust and fine tune our business. The ‘new normal’ may not be the normal of just a few short years ago.
Not only will we need to adhere to new protocols such as face masks, social distancing, monitoring of employees, maximum capacity limits, and PPE, but more importantly, business will need to plan for a longer period of disruption, potentially less revenue and/or more additional expenses than most of us were thinking about a couple of months ago.
How to cope for the longer term? How to adapt sooner than later and to think strategically rather than tactically? All are much easier said than done and tailored to each business. 
Now more than ever is the time to be smart about how we operate our business. Now we should turn to the Chamber, learn about our successful peers in other businesses, evaluate competitors who are doing a good job and utilize trade organizations and government agencies for solutions. Not every idea or webinar or ZOOM meeting is a perfect resource, but many can help you craft solutions appropriate for your business. All you need is one good idea, and it can make all of the difference.
In Town Hall we often participate in different sessions and good ideas sometimes spring forth from the areas where we least expect them. All of the Carefree Staff and Town Council members are ready to share ideas and help. The Town of Carefree’s new Economic Development Director, Steve Prokopek, is anxious to lend a hand and point to resources that may prove useful. Don’t hesitate to put Steve and any of the others of us to work.

John Crane
Vice Mayor, Town of Carefree
  Cave Creek elections are Nonpartisan and Political Affiliations are usually not front and center. Let me state that I am indeed pragmatic. But here is something I wrote the Day after the Republican Congressmen were shot up on the ball field several years ago. These thoughts still stand true. You see, I am a registered Republican with very strong Libertarian leanings.
This means I want the Government to do the things they are charged with. I want them to protect us from our enemies, I want passable roads, I want interstate commerce (without a bastardization of the Commerce Clause), I want to maintain the right to say things some might find offensive and in turn be offended by the words of others that do not agree with me. No need for violence, just an understanding that we can't agree on all things all the time.
I want a Country where there are actions and consequences. Most of the problems encountered by individuals in our society are the direct result of their own personal poor decisions.
I want a Country where the rights and beliefs of minority groups do not take priority over the majority "or vice versa". You see, I really don't care who you sleep with or what you put into your body as long as I don't have to pay for any of your personal consequences.
I want a Country where the media gives us actual facts, (not cherry picked versions to inflame).
Right now my friends on the left are applauding as are my friends on the right at that last statement. If you are, you really don't get what is happening. Many elected officials (both sides) are owned by the corporations and lobbyists. That is who they do their bidding for, not us. But by dividing us they achieve the upper hand that they may better serve their masters.
Congressmen from both sides have what they call "elevator conversations" at the Capitol. Honest, frank exchanges about problems we have. Then the doors open and it's back to adversarial positions.
We know what challenges lay before us and it shouldn't be each other! For clarity, in light of recent events I added the (vice versa) in quotation marks above as I write this now. Had I seen the future I would have added that originally.
This is who I am and what I believe.
From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
         On the grounds of the Cave Creek Museum one may see an almost two-story structure, about 17.5 feet tall. It entails a large, rectangular-wood-frame, a cam-shaft the length of most cars, which supports ten vertical iron bars (called stamps) weighing over 1,000 pounds each. This is a rock-crusher, also known as a stamp mill (in this case, a ten-stamp mill). Once ore was crushed, gold and other precious materials could be procured. This reconstructed stamp mill is unique in America in that it is only 5.2 miles from its original location of operation, on Continental Mountain, from a gold mine established in the 1870s. The history of stamp mills goes back much further; let’s explore stamp mill history.
Archaeologists tell us gold has been found in Paleolithic (Stone Age) caves as far back as around 40,000 B.C. It was the intrinsic value of gold which eventually fostered the concept of the “gold rush” which helped usher America’s early growth. Stamp mill usage started over two thousand years ago!
Early stamp mill incarnations pounded grain, was used for iron production, and making gun powder. Most early mills were water powered. Water wheels, cams, and hammers (stamps) have been found that functioned in the third century B.C. Roman author, lawyer, naturalist, and naval commander, Pliny the Elder, who died A.D. 79, at the approximate age of 55, in the bay near Herculaneum, during the Vesuvius eruption, wrote the first encyclopedia containing thirty-seven books contained in ten volumes called Natural History (Naturalis Historia) . Pliny indicates in Natural History that water-driven pestles (stamps) and watermills were commonplace in Italy by the first century A.D., they were used for the “pounding and hulling of grain.”
Stamp mills for crushing ore have been found in today’s Uzbekistan and in use as early as A.D. 973. By the eleventh century A.D. stamp mills were widespread in Spain, North Africa, and Central Asia. The Romans utilized stamp mills for ore-processing throughout their vast empire including southeastern England, Wales, and other sites in Western Europe. The oldest depiction of a three-stamp mill (three vertical bars) with a water wheel, was a woodcut image dated to A.D. 1565.
The Museum’s Golden Reef Stamp Mill initially processed ore on Continental Mountain at a mining claim first established in 1876 by Joseph A. Lawrence (initially called the Golden Star Mine), The mill burned in 1913 and was rebuilt in 1917 with the expectation of being sold. The sale never happened; the destructive effects of weather proceeded until the dilapidated historic mill was carefully moved from Continental Mountain to the Cave Creek Museum in 2009. The tedious process of restoration assiduously began. In 2013, after four painstaking years, the roar of the mighty stamps began crushing rocks again, after a one-hundred-year hiatus.
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Carefree, AZ 85377