The Tucson Metro Chamber’s 24th annual Copper Cactus Awards, presented by Wells Fargo, will celebrate Southern Arizona’s outstanding small businesses and charitable nonprofits in person at Casino del Sol on Oct. 1 this year.
The event will showcase accomplishments from the following small businesses within categories such as the Best Place to Work, Business Growth, Leadership, Startup of the Year and more. Two new categories include DPR Construction’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion as well as Pima Community College’s Employer/Employee Development.
Approximately 255 nominations were submitted by members of Southern Arizona’s community in support of locally owned small businesses and charitable nonprofits. “This year’s finalists represent such diversity in industry,” said Amber Smith, president and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber. “It’s an honor for all of us at the Tucson Metro Chamber to recognize our region’s small businesses every year at the Wells Fargo-presented Copper Cactus Awards.”
A panel of 14 independent judges reviewed and scored the applications and the highest scores in each category were selected as the 33 finalists. There will be 11 winners who will be awarded a solid copper trophy.
Blue Cross Blue Shield BEST PLACE TO WORK
(There are 4 finalists because there was a tie for 3rd place.)
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona
The Motive Physical Therapy Specialists
Onyx Creative, Inc.
Pain Institute of Southern Arizona
Premier Auto Management
CopperPoint SMALL BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Dr. Richard Austin | Reglagene
Joshua Belhumeur | BRINK
Jana Westerbeke | Gadabout SalonSpas
Cox Business BUSINESS GROWTH
Paragon Space Development Corporation
DPR Construction DIVERSITY, EQUITY and INCLUSION CHAMPION
(There are 4 finalists because there was a tie for 3 rd place.)
Community Investment Corporation
Snell & Wilmer
Avery Therapeutics, Inc.
Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation
Pima Community College EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT
AGM Container Controls
Cadden Community Management
Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program
Tech Parks Arizona STARTUP OF THE YEAR
Tucson Electric Power SOCIAL IMPACT
Revenue up to $500,000
Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace/Mission Garden
Greater Tucson Leadership
Izi Azi Foundation/Felicia’s Farm
ASU Office of Community Health, Engagement, and Resiliency
Earn to Learn
YWCA Southern Arizona
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona
Winners will be announced at the Copper Cactus Awards, presented by Wells Fargo, in person at Casino del Sol on Friday, Oct. 1.
Encouraged Attire: “Zoom-Formal” (dressy up top and comfortable/casual bottom half and footwear)
For information on sponsorships, tables, or individual seats, go to TucsonChamber.org/CopperCactus.