October 1
5–6 PM Cocktail Hour
6–7 PM Dinner
7–9 PM Award Ceremony
at Casino del Sol


Tickets: $150.00 
Table of 10: $1500.00

Sustainable

Sponsor/Tier V 
$600 (In-person)

  • Two tickets
  • Company name (not logo) in event program in list of sponsors
  • Static ad included in our year-round Online Expo (sponsor to provide ad)

Post-event promotion:

  • Company logo included in thank you to our sponsors ad in Arizona Daily Star and Inside Tucson Business after the event airs
Supporter

Sponsor/Tier IV
$1500 (In-person)

  • Two tickets
  • Quarter-page color ad placed in the event program
  • Company name (not logo) in event program in list of sponsors
  • Static ad included in our year-round Online Expo
    (sponsor to provide ad)
  • Company name on day-of-event signage, and in presentation

Post-event promotion:

  • Company logo included in thank you to sponsors on our event web page
  • Company logo included in thank you to our sponsors ad in Arizona Daily Star and Inside Tucson Business after the event airs
Showman

Sponsor/Tier III 
$4500 (In-person)

  • Table of 10
  • Company name on table, day-of-event signage, and in presentation
  • Half-page color ad in a premier location in event program (sponsor to provide ad)
  • Company logo included event program in list of sponsors
  • Static ad with links will be included in our year-round Online Expo (sponsor to provide video)
  • Social media shout-out at highlighting sponsorship level

Post-event promotion:

  • Company logo included in thank you to sponsors on our event web page
  • Company logo included in thank you to our sponsors ad in Arizona Daily Star and Inside Tucson Business after the event airs

Special Sponsorship Opportunities
Two tickets are included in the price of each Specialty Sponsor.

DRINK SPONSOR - $3,500.00 (Up to 2 sponsors)
Toast the guests with your company logo on the drink tickets.
 
 
SOCIAL MEDIA SPONSOR - $1,500.00 (1)
Promote your company name on the special social media frame.
 
 
LIVING TROPHY SPONSOR - $1,000.00 (Up to 2 sponsors)
Adorn representatives from your business with copper paint or costumes for memorable photo ops with the guests.
 

MENU SPONSOR - $2,000.00 (1)
Have all eyes on your company logo when guests review the menu on each table.
 

 COMFY SHOES SPONSOR - $500.00 (1)
Guests are encouraged to wear “Zoom-Formal”—dressy from the waist up and comfy from the waist down, including their footwear. Take fun photos while promoting your business.
 


 

MINI COPPER TROPHY SPONSOR - $1,500.00 (Up to 2 sponsors)
We have a few surprise categories up our sleeves. Be the sponsor for these trophies!
 
 
DANCE OFF SPONSOR - $500.00 (1)  SOLD OUT 
Let’s see who has some moves! Promote your company logo on the dance floor.
 
 
COPPER CARPET SPONSOR - $500.00 (1)
Who needs a red carpet when you have a copper one?! Have all eyes on your business names as guests 
arrive.
 
 
SEATING CHART SPONSOR - $500.00 (1)
Grab everyone’s attention by having your business logo on 
each the large seating charts!
 

IN-SPIRIT $500
This sponsorship is intended ONLY for those who will not be able to attend the event but would like to show their support. It DOES NOT INCLUDE being in person at the event.

  • Company name (not logo) in event program in list of sponsors
  • Static ad included in Online Expo
  • Company logo included in thank you to our sponsors ad in Arizona Daily Star and Inside Tucson Business after the event
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2021 FINALISTS !

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 3rd 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 

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AWARD CATEGORIES:



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nextrio Innovation

    From professional culture to products and services – innovation multiplies the inertia of growth.  Sometimes that energy can be scary and uncertain – propelling you into uncharted waters without a compass or a flashlight.  Other times it brings breakthroughs and exhilaration.  Always, innovation moves you from where you used to be to someplace in the future.  This award honors businesses who are catalytic, innovative, maybe even scare themselves, all while moving forward.  Nominate your business or one you admire for a product/service, process, position or problem-solving model you believe deserves to be recognized as Southern Arizona’s most innovative.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pima Community College Employer/Employee Development

    This award is given to a company that demonstrates leadership and can be considered a best practice in creating, offering and advancing internships, externships, tuition reimbursement programs and/or work-based learning programs. All companies have a shared responsibility to further develop the skills of their employees and these businesses are the true champions for people in today’s challenging and complex labor market.

  • DPR Construction Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion

    The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated a commitment to building a workforce that reflects the rich diversity in the communities in which we live, work, and play. They are places where all are encouraged and empowered to thrive as their most authentic selves. They nurture a culture of belonging and actively mitigate barriers to growth opportunities. As an effective and visible leader, they are setting the example for others to follow and making Tucson and Southern Arizona better every day.


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PROCESS:

Nominations will be accepted until July 12, 2021.

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 August 5.

All applications received by August 5 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 the week of August. 19.

The winners will be announced at the Copper Cactus Awards ceremony on Friday, October 1 at Casino Del Sol Resort.

Nomination period: Ends July 12

Application period: July 13-August 5

Judging period: August 6-August 18

Finalists announced: August 19

Film finalist videos: August 20-Sept. 24

Event: Oct. 1

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


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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!)

2020 WINNERS!

Arizona Complete Health Workforce Development & Education
San Miguel High School

Tech Parks Arizona Start Up of the Year
Reglagene

Cox Business Growth
FORSarchitecture + interiors

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Best Place to Work
With 3 to 50 employees
OOROO Auto

With 51 to 200 employees
Chasse Building Team

CopperPoint Small Business Leader of the Year
Grant Anderson
Paragon Space Development Corporation

Tucson Electric Power Social Impact
With revenue up to $2MM
Community Investment Corporation

With revenue between
$2MM to $5MM
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Nextrio Innovation in Remote Working
Foundation for Creative Broadcasting

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AWARD CATEGORIES:


2020 Copper Cactus Awards winners are eligible to participate but are required to be nominated in a different category from 2020.