Prescott Downtown Partnership: Carissa Maxwell

By Tara Fort • Photo by Trisha Shaffer

As an Associate Broker with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate–Bloomtree Realty, Carissa Maxwell knows that her membership in the Prescott Downtown Partnership (PDP) helps support the premise of “strength in numbers.”

“Supporting business that provides unique, one-of-a-kind shopping experiences is what makes Prescott a place that people want to explore and frequent,” Carissa said during a recent interview. “Having a downtown partnership that encourages variety, collaboration and new ideas contribute to the success of every small business. I love that I’m bringing my talents to a group of people who understand that we are stronger together.”

A real estate agent since 2013, Carissa went back to work after being home with her kids for five years and said, “I hit the ground running!”

Within three years she had started a real estate team that fueled her motivation for helping women succeed in business and changing people’s lives — which makes for a perfect collaboration with the PDP.  She also hosts the monthly Maxwell Group Mixer, now in its fourth year, which brings together clients, community members, and small businesses.

The mixers combine local business support and connections, Carissa explained. “We feature and host our mixers at different local small businesses every month so our clients have a great excuse to come out and support our community.”

In addition to her involvement with the PDP events and activities, and maintaining a successful business, Carissa is not one to sit on the sidelines. “I always have my hands in something! I like to take action, I’m a doer. It’s a brilliant thing when you can take smart ideas and put them into action – that is my strength.”

Carissa supports local youth programs through the Share the Love Committee for The Launch Pad Teen Center, and she is on the Coed Kickball League through the City of Prescott.

Although Carissa’s brokerage is located right in the heart of Prescott on Gurley and Cortez Streets, she loves getting in the outdoors and working outside of the office in various locations.

She said, “The beautiful thing about working in real estate is that you can bring your laptop anywhere!  I appreciate seeing people out and about, and I love the conversation and connections I make that way — it’s always different. I work from a variety of restaurants and coffee shops downtown.  I make a point of changing it up so I am sprinkling support among all of the great small businesses.”

She added, “I want to see the future of Prescott’s small businesses thrive and encourage women to follow their dreams of owning a business by giving them the tools and connections they need to do it successfully.”

For more about Carissa Maxwell, visit her Facebook page at: For information about becoming a member of the Prescott Downtown Partnership, applications can be found at PDP website at  or call 928-443-5220.