Tucson Metro Chamber Announces Copper Cactus Award Finalists

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  

3–50 Employees  
(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. 
Silverado Technologies 

51–200 Employees 
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 
Re-Bath 
Solgen Power 

DPR Construction DIVERSITY, EQUITY and INCLUSION CHAMPION   
(There are 4 finalists because there was a tie for 3 rd place.)  

Community Investment Corporation 
Hotel McCoy 
ILLUME Advising 
Snell & Wilmer 

Nextrio INNOVATION  

Avery Therapeutics, Inc. 
Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation 
Startup Tucson 

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  

FreeFall Aerospace 
SaiOx Inc. 
uPetsia, Inc. 

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 

Revenue $500,001–$2MM 
ASU Office of Community Health, Engagement, and Resiliency 
Earn to Learn 
YWCA Southern Arizona 

Revenue $2MM–$5MM 
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.  

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