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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber is a member of the East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance. The Alliance represents Chambers in Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale and Carefree/Cave Creek. Together we are the voice of over 5000 businesses in this geographical area at the legislature. Members of the Alliance create a legislative agenda each summer and hire a lobbyist, Dorn Policy Group, to represent us and our agenda to the Arizona Legislature. 
Over 1200 new bills are introduced each year. The Alliance monitors, closely, those bills which align with our agenda and impact the business community.
The East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance agenda can be found on our website HERE
These are just a few of the bills that are on our priority list as of February 24, 2020:

Workforce Development/Education
HB2002                Student Apprenticeship Program; Tax Credit                                       Alliance Supports
HB2108                College Course Credit; Dual Enrollment                                                 Alliance Supports
Update: Passed out of House 60-0
Business
HB2494                Internal Revenue Code; Conformity                                                        Alliance Supports
Update: Passed out of House 60-0
SB1021                 Department of Revenue; Electronic Signatures                                  Alliance Supports
Update: Passed out of Senate 29-0-1
HB2337                Repeal; Right to Work                                                                                   Alliance Opposes
HB2409                Small Business Investment Credit; Extension                                      Alliance Supports
Update: Passed Committee 7-3
Elections
HB2527                Initiative; Referendum Signatures; Electronic Submittal                  Alliance Opposes
For detailed information about these bills visit https://www.azleg.gov


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Space is limited! 41,000 copies debuting in October! Distributed at Town Halls and information centers in Carefree and Cave Creek, Chamber Events and Shows, and mailed to most homes in 85331,85327,85262,85377,85266 portions of 85085 and 85086 as well as mailed to visitors worldwide!

Deadline is June 19, 2020

Questions? Call or email us today! 480-488-3381 or  Director@carefreecavecreek.org colleen@carefreecavecreek.org
 
Parkway Bank- 6300 E Cave Creek Rd
 
J oin your fellow Business Owners for an opportunity to network, socialize and win prizes!
 
Always the second Wednesday of every month.
 
$5 for members; $15 for general admission (guests may attend twice before joining)
 
50/50 Raffle! Raffle Tickets only $1 each for chances to win prizes and cash!
Chamber Members are encouraged to bring a raffle prize in exchange for a 30 second commercial!
If you would like to be considered or know someone who would be a good candidate to serve on the Chamber Board of Directors please visit our website for a Board Member Application.  Click Here to print out.

Board of Director term limit is three years and start on July 1. All Board members, in good standing, are eligible to serve two terms before stepping down for a period of at least one year after serving two terms.

Please return the application to the Chamber office before Wednesday March 19, 2020. The nominating committee will be interviewing potential applicants through April 15, 2020.
Please join us in welcoming Cimarron River to their new location! 6710 E cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek  

Please join us in welcoming Binkley & Associates to the Chamber and the neighborhood! 28255 N tatum Blvd Suite 7, Cave Creek

Member Spotlight: Proven Media and Cave Creek Cannabis
Come join your fellow Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber Members for an informational monthly business breakfast presentation and early morning networking!
Meet Your Neighbor! Three Chamber Members have been picked to introduce their themselves and the services they offer.
 
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 – General Admission
Allstate Insurance -Debra Atkinson    26 Years
CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa 24 years
MacDonald’s Ranch  22 years
Proven Media   14 years
Venue’ Café     10 years
Farmers Insurance     9 years
Grace Capital Investment      9 years
Champion Chiropractic 6 years
Hundman Law Offices  6 years
ALEMI Franchise Consulting 5 years
Country Financial- The Bennett Agency 4 years
ProSkill Services               4 years
Sonoran Properties Associates  4 years
Carefree Church        3 years
JW plumbing     3 years
The Creek Patio Grill      3 years
The Rancho Milagro Foundation 3 years
Cave Creek Timeshares 2 years
Filiberto’s Lone Mountain 2 years
State Farm Insurance- Steve Fair  2 years
Assured Benefit Consulting  1 year

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.
Boulder View Capital
Amber Creek Memory Care
Purse Impressions
Ventana Fine Properties
Signature Exteriors
The Aspect Group
Vino & Panino
Macho Contracting
March in Carefree – Marketing Buzz
March brings visitors from across the state, nation and globe. The Town of Carefree is continuing to work to provide cost-effective opportunities for Carefree merchants to market themselves, gain visibility, and even compare notes as we enter the high season.
The quarterly Town of Carefree Business Breakfast will take place Tuesday, March 17, 8:00 a.m. in the Carefree Town Council Chambers. Town of Carefree merchants are encouraged to attend. With so many activities within the Town, this is a great opportunity to consider how to best take advantage of these goings-on, meet fellow merchants and maximize business during this busy time of year. Plus, updates will be presented regarding the Wayfinding Signage Master Plan, improvements to existing Town Center pedestrian crosswalks, the Hampton Inn and The View Carefree townhomes projects and the addition of an Economic Development Director to Town Staff.
To achieve greater visibility, don’t forget the Business Banner Program and the Carefree Business Directory. Driving along Easy Street, you may have spied new business banners hanging from our gas lamps. We've partnered with Bertram Signs to create an inexpensive Light Post Banner program for Carefree business owners. Vicki in Town Hall will help get you started, (480) 488-3686; vicki@carefree.org
The Carefree Business Directory at www.VisitCarefree.com , with more than 200 businesses listed, has been well received. Tech4Life has proven to be an indispensable partner. The listing is free. Listed businesses can be sorted by name, business category and location. More information can be found at the Business Directory Sign-up Form located on the web site.
In March alone we are looking forward to:
- The “Wheels and Wings Show” , a celebration of classic and vintage automobiles and airplanes on March 7, 2020 at the SkyRanch Airport in Carefree. Join in this celebration of “moving art, the automobile”! For more information, visit https://carefree-wheels-wings.com .                               
First Friday Art Walk , March 6, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy galleries throughout downtown Carefree.                                             
- The Foothills Caring Corps will celebrate 20 years of service with a concert featuring the award- winning music of ‘Switchback’ on Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m. in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.           
- Carefree Farmer’s Market at the Sundial every Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.                                                                                                                                              Our goal is to provide effective options. If you have ideas that may be a better fit for your business, please let me know.
 March is a very busy Month in our Town. Spring training is in full swing and our town is full of tourists. Remember to be nice to them as they help to keep the Town Core viable. Try to slow down to the posted speed limits and keep the pedestrians safe.
 If you haven't already done so you need to try and get a handle on the Stinknet (Globe Chamomile). When it dries out it puts the entire Town in danger of runaway brush fires!
March is the Month we have Cave Creek Rodeo Days. Festivities kick off on Saturday the 21st at 9:00 a.m. with the Parade with Mutton Bustin at the Buffalo Chip at noon. Hang around or come on back for the Rodeo Kickoff Dance at the Chip as well. Tuesday is the Golf Tournament at Rancho Manana with a Shotgun Start at noon. If you're a golfer grab 3 of your friends and sign up online before March 15th at CaveCreekRodeo.com . It's a great time. The actual Rodeo Performances are Friday 7:30 p.m. Saturday 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday Matinee that starts at 2:00 p.m. There have been sold out performances so it's best to purchase your tickets online at the aforementioned email address. Remember this Rodeo is a
501c3 nonprofit and prides itself in supporting many other non profits with donations after each years event.
Bike Week is also at the end of the Month and no matter if you Love it or Hate it, it was still started and continues with a Gubernatorial Proclamation.
Just remember that in two Months time Cave Creek will be a lot sleepier community. Just be safe and cherish what we have!
From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
          In 1897, Colonel William W. Christy acquired the Phoenix Mine located within today’s 2,154-acre Spur Cross Conservation Area . The new mining-town’s incarnation (initially named Marion in 1881) was named “Liscum” after Army Colonel Emerson Liscum who served in Arizona during the 1880s. The mining enterprise of Liscum lasted about ten years. Both mining camps have been erased with time, weather, and flooding of the Cave Creek stream. Christy also purchased the lucrative mine on Gold Hill (located in today’s Desert Mountain Development) and had numerous investments in other Cave Creek mines. With his friend and business partner, William J. Murphy, they started the Valley Bank of Phoenix in 1884. In 1882, Christy initially purchased a ranch north of Prescott where he became a successful farmer and cattle rancher. In 1883, the Christy family purchased a 440-acre farm on a country road west of Phoenix. Eventually, this road was called Christy Road, today we know it as McDowell Road. This brilliant man was responsible for doing scientific studies of soil, water, and weather resulting in the important development of olive and citrus trees in the Valley. He also correctly determined that white-faced Hereford cattle would do better than ornery Longhorn cattle in the Sonoran Desert.
   Prior to his Arizona arrival, Christy enlisted in the Union Army in 1861. In 1864, during the Civil War Battle of Jonesboro (Georgia), Colonel Christy led a fierce saber-charge and suffered four serious gunshot wounds, his left arm was in a sling for three years. Gallantly, he led another charge the next day and was captured by the Confederates and imprisoned for six-months. After his release, he moved to Osceola, Iowa where he taught school, purchased a business college, was elected State Treasurer, and became a banker. William Christy suffered violent asthma attacks and was forced to leave the Midwest, Arizona was the answer.
   William Christy was appointed Arizona Territorial Treasurer in 1891 and successfully sold two-million dollars in bonds ($58 million in 2020 dollars) to investors in New York City. This astute transaction greatly helped the cash-strapped Arizona Territory. Colonel William H. Christy, one the most important founders of Phoenix and Cave Creek, died in 1903, at the age of 62.
748 Easy St., P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377
480-488-3381