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New Normal!
1.           Of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being
2.           Of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time; novel
1.           Conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural
2.           Serving to establish a standard
New Normal: two words we hear constantly now but not so much a few short months ago. I looked up the meanings of these two words. What do those two words really mean: The answer is they will mean something different to every single person! As you work toward adjusting to your new normal the Chamber and staff are too. We are and always will be here to help you find resources you need to help your business thrive and succeed.

Like you, we are also struggling to re-invent & re-evaluate our goods and services. How do we best deliver them to you? How do you want to receive goods & services in the future? 

As most of you were shut down so was the Chamber office. Our members and staff have not been able to attend events & visit with one another like we used to do. We will have a new normal in how we meet in person as we plan towards hosting monthly breakfasts and mixers again.

As you have been struggling to figure out how to make ends meet & pay your bills, so have we. We are all in the this together. We exist because of our members. The Chamber provides needed resources to help small business thrive and succeed. Your financial investment in the Chamber is an investment in yourself. The marketing that the Chamber provides your business can place 1,000,000 eyeballs on your business each year through our website, social media platforms, weekly e-blast, and annual printed community directory. As a bonus we advocate for your business at the state level to ensure that our elected officials have the best interest of businesses as they create bills. We also plan and provide you educational, supportive, and inspirational opportunities through our networking events. Without your financial investment we will not be able to provide the level of service you have enjoyed into the future. As a reminder, we do not receive any government funding. We exist because of you!

Chamber staff have spent countless hours the last couple of months or more on conference calls & webinars with Congressman, Senators, Governor Ducey’s office, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Office of Tourism, Small Business Association, Small Business Development Center & others to learn more & gather resources for you which resulted in the resource page your can find on the front page of our website.

Your Chamber worked along side eight other Chambers of Commerce (East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance) to provide guidance to our Governor to re-open our state when it did not seem like he was in a hurry to do that. Some did not like that response, but we had to start somewhere. I am sorry if we offended you in the process.

We have issued four different surveys. Many of participated in filling out the survey. Thank you. We used that data as leverage as we held discussions with our various leaders regarding PPP & EIDL loans, the difficulty in the loan process, the lack of communication from some lenders, the defeat & sometimes rage you voiced to us when times felt overwhelming. 

The Chamber will continue to advocate and fight for our business community. Business may have been interrupted for a bit, but it will not stop us from being here for you advocating and searching for additional resources as we rebuild together!

Patty Villeneuve, President/CEO
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber
Chamber Mixer: June 10, 2020 @ 5:30pm -7pm
Host: Kiwanis Marketplace - 6535 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek

 Come out and let’s have a real life (and safe) June Chamber Mixer!
Hand sanitizer will be available and PPE
Nametags will not be distributed this month, be sure to introduce yourself to some of our awesome new members!

Always the second Wednesday of every month.

$5 for members; $15 for general admission (guests may attend twice before joining)
SESSION 23: TUESDAY - June 2 | 9:00 AM
Navigating the New Guidance on PPP Forgiveness
Stay informed on the SBA's new guidance on the PPP forgiveness process. Learn from local subject matter experts on what can be forgiven and how to best track your expenses.

SESSION 24: WEDNESDAY - June 3 | 9:00 AM
Virtual Sales Training
Hear from sales training professionals on how to transition selling virtual more than in-person. Learn how to train your team and revamp your sales process and approach.
SESSION 25: THURSDAY - June 4 | 9:00 AM
Safety in the Workplace
Join us for a safety webinar featuring the Arizona Chapter National Safety Council. Learn about the latest workplace guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, National Safety Council and Arizona Department of Health Services as we begin to return to work.

SESSION 26: FRIDAY - June 5 | 9:00 AM
Marketing to Return Stronger
Join us each Friday for a marketing session that will feature experts who will help you uncover marketing tactics to return stronger.
PPP Loan Forgiveness
As government restrictions begin to roll back and businesses reopen, navigating the many newly formed and seemingly ever-changing government relief programs and CDC guidelines continues to be a challenge. The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce has done an exceptional job presenting supporting information and resources at
For those businesses fortunate enough to have qualified for a Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loan, in addition to stabilizing and rebuilding your business while observing proper health protocols, the goal becomes to position your business to qualify for PPP loan forgiveness. About two weeks ago the Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration issued guidelines and forms for PPP forgiveness. The following US Chamber of Commerce web site is a wealth of information and includes required forms:  
After running the PPP application and qualification gauntlet it would be all too easy to push PPP to the back of your mind and focus 110% on running your business. But, if proceeds are properly managed and used to maintain payroll and pay other specified expenses, and accurate records are kept, the loan may be forgiven. 
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce staff and web site are great resources for information, guidance and alerts to any updates you might need to know. If managed correctly PPP can be free money. If not, when the bill comes due, it will be another burden. 
It is unreasonable and tone deaf for the government to set up programs such that small businesses are forced to turn to an accountant and an attorney to negotiate the changing field of government programs. The Chamber is an invaluable alternative and resource and those of us in Town Hall will always, at a minimum, provide direction. Put these resources to work.

John Crane
Vice Mayor, Town of Carefree
  Nothing is scarier than a wildfire when your home is in close proximity to it, and even more so when you or your neighbors are told to evacuate.  
The East Desert Fire ignited on Sunday, May 17, with Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical arriving on the scene around 1 p.m. closely followed by Rural Metro Fire Department. Both departments worked together trying to suppress the fire, but the winds were not in our favor.  
Due to wind conditions and the fact that there was limited access to the area, it soon became clear that this fire would need to be attacked by air and Maricopa County Emergency Management took control. By nightfall the fire was moving east over the northern part of Cave Creek Regional Park, and eventually to the Seven Sisters mountain range. 
Hotshots were aggressively defending fire lines, putting their lives on the line to save our community and our cherished Sonoran Desert, but conditions changed, and actions went from offensive to defensive. 
Crews were pulled back to protect homes and properties as the fire closed in on residences but miraculously were saved from the flames by our great first responders. At this same time Carefree Highway looked like a parade with emergency fire crews and trucks responding to the call for help.  
Cave Creek’s Marshal Adam Stein enacted a CodeRed alert on Sunday evening for evacuations and then Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies went door to door getting residents and their animals to safety. CodeRed is the notification system the Town uses to let residents know when there is an emergency. Cave Creek began paying for this service shortly after the Cave Creek Complex Fire in 2005 and became a leader in utilizing this technology. The catch is residents must sign up to receive notifications via phone or email. The information on how to sign-up is on the Town’s website. 
From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
         A great deal has been written about what we now call Fort McDowell, established September 1865. Of course, many of us think about the Fort McDowell Casino operated by the Yavapai Nation which is named after the historic Army fort. The fort’s remaining ruins may be found about four and a half miles north of the casino. The Cave Creek Museum considers the late Francis C. Carlson’s book, Cave Creek and Carefree, Arizona – A History of the Desert Foothills , the definitive source regarding our local history. Fort McDowell (originally Camp Verde, then Camp McDowell, and finally Fort McDowell in 1879) was garrisoned less than two years after Arizona became a Territory February 24, 1863. The fort’s objective was to protect miners and ranchers from the resentful and feared Tonto Apaches and the Yavapai. Mrs. Carlson states in her book, “All present-day towns of the Salt River Valley, including the city of Phoenix, can trace their beginnings to the Army’s decision to build this isolated outpost…in 1865, the Army sent a small force of three hundred men marching across the desert from California to establish Fort McDowell.” Local historians have not addressed the questions why did the troops come from California; because this was a new fort, who did the preliminary reconnoitering for the location; who made the decision for rudimentary roads; and finally, who was the first Commander? Let’s explore these unanswered questions.
The Territory of Arizona was part of the Army’s Division of the Pacific and within the Department of Arizona . Interestingly, the Department of Arizona included most of southern California including Los Angeles. Within Los Angeles (incorporated April 1850), the Army operated a fort called Fort Drum which was garrisoned in 1861. The three hundred troops Mrs. Carlson addressed in her book came from Fort Drum, an arduous four-hundred-mile trek.
Colonel Clarence Edmund Bennett (1833-1902), a West Point graduate, served during the Civil War. He was the former Commander of Fort Drum, Fort Yuma, and Fort Bowie among many other commands during his illustrious military career including being recognized for his “Faithful and Meritorious Services.” The thirty-two-year-old was given the challenging task of establishing Fort McDowell three months prior to opening the isolated fort. Colonel Bennett was involved with the strategic reconnoitering (establishing location and roads in this case) for the fort. The fort was located at the confluence of the Verde River (west side) and Sycamore Creek. The Phoenix Museum of History states the fort was built on the ruins of a Hohokam site initially occupied circa A.D. 700. Finally, Colonel Bennett was the initial Commander for Camp Verde, later named Fort McDowell. On November 4, 1902, Colonel Clarence E. Bennett died from apoplexy, now known as a stroke. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
748 Easy St., P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377