The Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards presented by Wells Fargo celebrates the accomplishments and innovation of Southern Arizona’s small businesses and charitable non-profit businesses.

Friday, September 8

Casino Del Sol Resort
5655 W. Valencia Rd

5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards Presentation
9:00 p.m. Copper Cactus Awards After Hours Celebration



  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Best Place to Work
    Nominees will be judged on their work environment and the morale of their employees.
  • Cenpatico Integrated Care Workforce Development
    Nominees will be judged on workforce training, advancing, promoting people from within; or providing special job-training or exploration opportunities for individuals with special needs.
  • CopperPoint Small Business Leader of the Year
    Nominees are judged on productivity in relation to sales, creativity and innovation in the workplace and their activity in the community.
  • Cox Business Growth
    Nominees will be judged on their gross revenue, employee growth and compensation expenditure growth.
  • Nextrio Innovation
    Nominees are judged based on their creative use of innovative processes or products to pioneer change in their industry.
  • Tucson Electric Power Charitable Non-Profit Business
    Nominees will be judged on their exceptional leadership, culture, innovation and growth.


  • 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit business operating in Southern Arizona
  • More than two years in operation
  • Total revenue:
    • $50,000 – $500,000
    • $500,001 – $2,000,000
    • $2,000,001 – $5,000,000
    • $5,000,001 – $10,000,000


  • Locally owned and operated
  • For-profit businesses
  • More than two years in operation
  • 250 or fewer employees:
    • 3-30 employees
    • 31-75 employees
    • 76-250 employees

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