I encourage each of you to make it your priority on attending the monthly Business Breakfast. Why? Because it’s an opportunity to put your face, name and business in front of approximately 70 other local business owners. We live by a slogan here of Buy Local or Bye Bye Local!
The breakfast is held on the last Thursday of every month except December. The event is held at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek. The Business Breakfast will have a new start time of 7:30 AM starting on September 28. Why the time change? It’s because of the amazing networking that is happening at this event! With an average of 65-70 businesses represented at this breakfast we need a few more minutes to introduce ourselves to each other and learn how we can be a great referral source for them too.
Also during our breakfast meeting we have some great topics lined up for you in the coming months. They include topics like How to protect Myself and My Business from Fraud, Cyber Security, Making Hard Decisions in my Business, Non-Profit Expo and more! 
I hope to see you on Thursday September 28 at 7:30 AM at Harold’s Corral.
Evening Mixer  - September 13 @ 5:30
Sonoran Properties Associates  34422 North Scottsdale Road Suite 125

$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! 
SMALLCAKES - September 7th @5pm New Time!! 28255 N Tatum Blvd Suite 5, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Merrill Gardens at Anthem - September 14 @ 4:30pm. 2800, W Rose Canyon Cir, Anthem, AZ 85086
September 28 @ 7:30 am @ Harold's Corral. NEW TIME!

$8 for Members & $15 for Non-Members.  
Join us to discuss how to protect your business against fraud. Our Ambassadors with have a networking activity.
HARVEY RELIEF- In response to devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church has launched an emergency relief fund to help with recovery efforts. Checks may be payable to DHPC (designate "Hurricane Harvey Relief") OR donate directly to the EPC designated “Hurricane Harvey Relief,” and send to:
"Hurricane Harvey Relief"
Evangelical Presbyterian Church
5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Suite 510
Orlando, FL 32822
Come join Pamper Me Perfect Salon on Friday September 15, 2017 for a day of Botox and fun with Dr Hawks!
To reserve your spot, just RSVP by Monday September 11, 2017 at 480-502-2473 and let us know if you would like Juvederm, Restylane, or Voluma.
You will also have a chance to check out and shop  Delightfully Vixen : We Fit Your Fun Size   lingerie who is now located in Pamper Me Perfect.
 Let us get your Carpet, Tile, Stone and Wood Floors back into shape.
We also clean Showers and Outdoor Areas
Stop by our new showroom at 6718 East Cave Creek Rd
Check out the latest Wood, Wood Look Tile, Stone, Tile, & Carpet Also, Counter Tops, Backsplash and Outdoor Hardscape Ideas. 480-515-9999  Call Today
Please mark your calendar and be sure to visit our store as we host the October Chamber Mixer! It’s sure to be scary!
There's a new pup in town.  Carefree Pet Resort LLC is open and has boarding accommodations available for your dog this Labor Day weekend. Give us a call, stop by for a tour, or visit our web site for more info. Receive 10% off your first boarding stay! 
Soroptimist International/ Saguaro Foothills - 30 years
Carefree Floors - 19 years
Indian Village - 10 years
Kathie Nohre - 10 years
Pepper’s Private Car Service - 8 years
Softwater Plus - 8 years
First American Title - 7 years
Farm Bureau Financial Services - 6 years
Judith Weaver/ United Real Estate - 5 years
Dotted & Crossed Marketing - 4 years
Grace foundation for the preservation of America - 4 years
Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation - 3 years
CMQ Photos, LLC - 3 year
Eye Care North - 3 years
Quality Interactive Montessori - 3 years
Black Mountain Business Consultants - 2 years
Brisam's Grill and Patio - 2 years
Healthy Body Harmony - 2 years
Revital AZ Laser and Med Spa - 2 years
AZ Pain Doctors - 1 year
Bank of America - 1 year
Cave Creek Dentistry - 1 year
French Accent Landscape - 1 year
Happy Fitness by Patricia - 1 year
Hunt Distinctive Properties- Fulton Rizzo - 1 year
Market Street at DC Ranch - 1 year
Peoples Mortgage - 1 year

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.
The Rancho Milagro Foundation
Delightfully Vixen
Pamper Me Perfect
Arizona Printed Products
Cornerstone Irrigation
Desert Foothills Landscape
A 360 View
Healthy Weight & Wellness
Southwest Veterans Foundation
Shoes for Good
Blueline Home Consultants
Papa John's Pizza
Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center
For complete monthly list please visit the Chamber website.

Ciolim - Open Studio - September 7

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

Fearless Art Works - Various events and days, see website.

Holland Community Center - Various events and days, see website.

Kiwanis Club - Regular Meeting September 6 @ Harold's Corral.

Paradise Valley Community College - Saturday Concert Series - September 9.

Sonoran Arts League - Free Art Classes for Veterans - June 8, Fine Art Fridays - June 9.

Yoga Breeze - Self Defense - September 7.
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, historian and docent
The prehistoric Hohokam are known for their extensive canals in the Phoenix Basin. They are also known for their kiln-fired ceramic pottery and their legacy of pecked-petroglyphs found and appreciated valley wide. Many are unaware the Hohokam were proficient at jewelry-making using shells from the Gulf of California. Historian Rose Houk states, “…the craft took on aspects of an industry… the exquisitely finished pieces were exported to…neighbors- the Anasazi [now Ancestral Puebloans], Mogollon, and Sinagua…so widespread was the trade…the Hohokam are regarded as shell merchants.” The Hohokam made a 400-mile, round-trip-journey on foot collecting their favorite shell, the Glycymeris, a bivalve clam. Archaeologist Ronald Beckwith states Hohokam used no fewer than sixty-two species of marine shells for their jewelry. 
Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is the neighborhood choice for pursing your educational goals. Would you like to add a class for the Fall 2017 semester? Late start and online classes are still available! Stop by our office today, 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 reach your educational goals.

If you are 65 or older and a resident of Maricopa County, consider taking advantage of our senior citizen tuition rate discount. Eligible residents receive a 50% discount on credit classes at all of the Maricopa Community Colleges, including PVCC at Black Mountain. Popular classes include digital photography, Tai Chi, history, and contemporary cinema. For more information click here , or stop by to speak with an advisor today!

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 mary.early@paradisevalley.edu .
On September 14, Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain will unveil its 14 inch Cassegrain telescope for a first light viewing party from 7:00 – 9:45 PM. “First light” refers to the first time that a telescope is used to take an astronomical image. The telescope, located on the PVCC at Black Mountain campus, collects 3,136 times more light than the human eye. It will allow viewers to see the colors of the Orion nebula, storms on Jupiter, and the structure of the Andromeda galaxy that is located 2.5 million light years away. Prior to the first light viewing party, there will be a STEAM night highlighting astronomy through hands on activities. The STEAM night will run from 6:00-7:00 PM. Both events are free and open to the public. To RSVP, email events@pasaz.org .

Are you a fan of Jazz? On Thursday, September 28, join PVCC at Black Mountain and the PVCC Faculty Jazz Ensemble for a night of music under the stars. The concert will be held in the Aquila Hall Amphitheater from 7-9 PM. Limited concert seating is available, and audience members are encouraged to bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on. The event is free and open to the public.
Realty Reality
September 2017
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published August 2017
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Carefree - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 35.73% higher; active listings [91] were 14.95% lower; and the median sold price [$700,000] was 47.60% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 137.  8 residential units closed escrow.
Cave Creek - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 1.54% lower; active listings [246] were 20.65% lower; and the median sold price [$417,450] was .13% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 85.    64 residential units closed escrow.
Scottsdale - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 14.31% higher; active listings [2,378] were 12.64% lower; and the median sold price [$423,900] was 8.69% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 103.    675 residential units closed escrow.
Phoenix (city only) - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 3.49% higher; active listings [3,827] were 4.16% lower; and the median sold price [$230,000] was 9.52% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 58.   1,822 residential units closed escrow.

Kraig’s Comments-
·       Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 2.20% of the total sales volume.
·       There is a 2.74-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 8.80% lower [21,553 units] than one year ago.
·        Entire Phoenix Metro Area : median sold price is $242,000; 7.60% higher than one year ago . Average days on market were 67.
·       Average sold price compared to original list price is 97.02% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $388,080.
·       Production new-home “spec” (or speculation) count is 2,260; 98 fewer than 6 months ago. (from Ultimate New Homes Newsletter )
·        Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 7,853. This is 2.90% higher than one year ago.
·        Total dollar amount for Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed: $2,303,551,073 (that’s 2 billion, 304 million - rounded for conversation). This is 11.66% higher than one year ago.

Mayor Les Peterson, Town of Carefree August 2017
Carefree’s Long Term Financial Strategy Updated
Periodically, every municipality needs to review its source of funding, assess the situation in which it is operating, evaluate what activities and programs have been working the most efficiently, and make revenue and expenditure projections for future years. This evaluation soon becomes a blue print of the future Long Term Financial Plan for that community, impacting income and expenditure decisions for the next five to ten years. 
Carefree developed a Long Term Financial Plan in 2003 and later updated it in 2012. Due to recent changes in income projections, accentuated by legislative changes, we are currently in the process of updating it again for upcoming years.
A joint workshop of the Carefree Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission was held on Monday, August 14, 2017. During this meeting the Carefree Long Range Financial Planning Group presented and discussed the data and recommendation they had developed, and provided additional thinking regarding downtown and existing development plans, land use, revitalization, additional commercial uses, and sales tax among other financial strategies.
The Carefree Long Range Financial Planning Committee consists of 10 members which included Carefree Town Council members (Les Peterson, John Crane and Michael Krahe), Carefree Town Staff members (Gary Neiss and Jim Keen), and residents (Stephen Hatcher, Gary Hayward, Leslie Hine, John Traynor and Jerry Wetta). The members believe this plan to be the most appropriate for Carefree to pursue over the upcoming five to ten years.
Members of the Committee would also be pleased to present and discuss this work with retailer groups, and HOA and other groups with a minimum of 20 attendees. Presentations last 2 – 2 ½ hours, so please plan accordingly. Please contact Les Peterson at mayor@carefree.org or call the Town Office at 480.488.3686 to make an appointment. A copy of the Presentation can be found on the Carefree Town website at www.carefree.org.
Planning Commission General Plan Input Session & Workshop , Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM
The Planning Commission will hold a public input session on the General Plan on Thursday, September 21, 2017 followed by a Commission Workshop. The Input session will begin at 6:00 PM in the Town Council Chambers. The topics for discussion will be: Environmental Planning Element, Circulation Element (roads, trails, etc.), Growth Area Element, Cost of Development Element, and Glossary /Appendices.
The starting point for the 2018 General Plan is the 2016 General Plan proposal and it can be accessed via the Town of Cave Creek website (on the Home Page on the left-hand side under the General Plan heading, click on the second prompt for the 2016 General Plan).
The public is encouraged to review the five topics listed for input prior to the meeting in order for their comments to be targeted and relevant.
748 Easy St., P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377