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AWARD CATEGORIES:


2019 Copper Cactus Awards winners are eligible to participate but are required to be nominated in a different category from 2019.


  • CopperPoint Small Business Leader of the Year

    The winner of the CopperPoint Small Business Leader of the Year Award clearly demonstrates that their company is not only financially solid but has cultivated a passionate group of people who love what they do. They’ve created lasting partnerships with clients and have created a positive reputation inside and outside of the company. A business leader is self-aware, passionate, a critical thinker, courageous, confident and authentic. They are positive and emotionally intelligent. They dare to be different and are proactive. But most of all, they know how to communicate and lead.

  • Arizona Complete Health Workforce Development & Education

    The Workforce Development Award is presented to a business that through their leadership and efforts have made a difference to people who just need a chance. These businesses hire individuals with disabilities, and/or veterans and wounded warriors. This category recognizes businesses that have taken the lead and given our returning citizens a chance and in doing what they do have given these people a better opportunity for many years of employment and making an income.

  • Cox Business Growth

    This award is judged on a company’s gross revenue, employee and compensation expenditure growth and how the company has faced challenges. They lead by example and find new and inventive ways to reach and engage their workforce. They support their employees, grow their employees, and most importantly, listen to them. Through these practices their business succeeds in showing how their sales increased over a two-year period and how their management structure, work environment, along with their products and/or services led to their company’s growth.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Best Place to Work

    The Best Place to Work Award is given to a business that has honest leadership with a clear vision and identity. Employees want to know where the company is pointed, what the company believes in and what everyone is working toward. They provide “flexible” growth for employees and a culture of collaboration. Great places to work are open about how the company is performing and craves honest feedback from its employees. They hire passionate people. And most of all these businesses create a fun atmosphere.

  • Tucson Electric Power Social Impact

    This award recognizes a nonprofit group that has made a significant contribution to the community. The winner in this category demonstrated how they made a significant impact that improved the economic, medical, educational or financial health of individuals in our community; impacted people through enabling and empowering individuals to improve their knowledge and skills toward greater quality of life; benefits the under-served, underrepresented or disaffected members of the community, including children, seniors and those in poverty; and has ad high quality treatment of employees and members of the public.

  • Nextrio Science and Technology

    In an age where “every company is a technology company,” the Nextrio Science and Technology Award honors visionary innovators who have made significant contributions to the development of new and important science, technology or STEM education. Businesses must demonstrate how they invented or reimagined technical solutions to tackle meaningful challenges and foster the advancement or competitiveness of our region.

  • Tech Parks Arizona Start Up of the Year

    The Startup of the Year winner will demonstrate a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance, innovation, creativity and determination. To be considered startup teams must show that their venture solves a true problem for a group of customers. They may have a tangible product, technology or customer service system. Moreover, they will show how their innovation contributes to the community and has or will have an impact worldwide.


AWARD CATEGORIES:


2019 Copper Cactus Awards winners are eligible to participate but are required to be nominated in a different category from 2019.


No, only once to receive an application.

Tips:

You can submit a total of 7 pages including your application.

Feel free to include articles about your organization, pictures, and any testimonials from employees and customers.

Take time to answer questions thoroughly, include detailed information. (Many of our judges may not have heard of your organization before – Wow them!)

PROCESS:


Nominations will be accepted April 15-May 31.

Following the nomination period, nominees will be contacted and sent the appropriate category application. The nominated company must complete the application and return it to the Tucson Metro Chamber no later than June 30th.

All applications received by June 30th  will be provided to the judging panel for review and deliberation. The Copper Cactus Awards judges work independently to score the applications. The cumulative scores of the independently judged applications are totaled to determine the finalists.

Finalists will be announced in August.

The winners will be announced at the Copper Cactus Awards ceremony TENTATIVELY on Friday, September 17 at Casino Del Sol Resort.

Questions: Shirley Wilka at (520) 792-2250, Ext. 132 or email at SWilka@tucsonchamber.org

 CONGRATULATIONS, 2019 WINNERS!

Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Arizona Best Place to Work
Health Information Management Systems
Rancho Sahuarita Management Company

CopperPoint
Small Business Leader of the Year
Barry Chasse, Chasse Building Team

Arizona Complete Health
Workforce Development
JobPath, Inc.
Old Pueblo Community Services

Nextrio Innovation
Modern Studios
Snell & Wilmer

Cox Business Growth
Hotsy Industrial Systems
Pain Institute of Southern Arizona

Tucson Electric Power
Charitable Non-Profit Business
Startup Tucson
The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary
IMPACT of Southern Arizona
Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse

CONGRATULATIONS, 2019 FINALISTS!

Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Arizona Best Place to Work
Escalante Concrete Construction
Health Information Management Systems
KE & G Construction
Moore Law Firm
Mural Consulting Corporation
Onyx Creative
OOROO Auto
Rancho Sahuarita Management Company
Silverado Technologies
Splendido at Rancho Vistoso

CopperPoint
Small Business Leader of the Year
Sue Otis – Catalina In-Home Services
Barry Chasse – Chasse Building Team
Nicole Dahl – Hotel McCoy
Scott Lehman – Premier Auto Center
Tom Wuelpern – PureBuild, Inc.
Caroline Wesnitzer – Trusting Connections Nanny Agency

Arizona Complete Health
Workforce Development
Earn to Learn
Integrated Axis Technology Group
JobPath, Inc.
Maxim Healthcare Services
Old Pueblo Community Services
San Miguel High School
Southern Arizona Family Services
The Talent Store

Nextrio Innovation
Crop Trak
FreeFall Aerospace
Hexagon Mining
Modern Studios
SGNT
Snell & Wilmer
Tucson Biofeedback

Cox Business Growth
Cathey’s Vacuum and Sewing
Goettl Air Conditioning and Plumbing
Hotsy Industrial Systems
Martin-Taylor Dentistry
Oschmann Employee Screening Services
Pain Institute of Southern Arizona
Silverado Rooter & Plumbing
Staff Matters

Tucson Electric Power
Charitable Non-Profit Business
Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council
Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse
Friends of Pima Animal Care Center
Greater Tucson Fire Foundation
Herencia Guadalupana Lab Schools
Impact of Southern Arizona
La Paloma Academy Schools
Sister Jose Women’s Center
Startup Tucson
The Hermitage No Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary
Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Tucson Youth Development
WorkAbility UCPSA
Youth on Their Own

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