Local Arizona community members submitted 255 applications for the Copper Cactus Awards categories, which has been whittled down to 33 finalists.
“This year’s finalists represent such diversity in industry,” Chamber President and CEO Amber Smith said. “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.”
The finalists listed below were chosen by 14 judges who scored businesses under different categories.
STARTUP OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Tech Parks Arizona)
FreeFall Aerospace is developing revolutionary new antenna technology for ground, air, and space. Our innovative spherical antennas are drawing interest from various commercial and government organizations, offering a wide field of view, efficient beam steering, and low mass and power to dramatically simplify and improve satellite communications. FreeFall was founded in Tucson as a spin-off from the University of Arizona in 2016 and maintains a close connection with UA faculty and supporters. FreeFall Aerospace earned the 2019 Startup Innovator of the Year Award by the Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Technology Council.
BEST PLACE TO WORK (sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield)
Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona
The Motive Physical Therapy Specialists
Onyx Creative, Inc.
Pain Institute of Southern Arizona
Premier Auto Management
SMALL BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by CopperPoint)
Dr. Richard Austin | Reglagene
Joshua Belhumeur | BRINK
Jana Westerbeke | Gadabout SalonSpas
BUSINESS GROWTH (sponsored by Cox Business)
Paragon Space Development Corporation
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, and INCLUSION CHAMPION (sponsored by DPR Construction)
Community Investment Corporation
Snell & Wilmer
INNOVATION (sponsored by Nextrio)
Avery Therapeutics, Inc.
Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation
EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT (sponsored by Pima Community College)
AGM Container Controls
Cadden Community Management
Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program
SOCIAL IMPACT (sponsored by Tucson Electric Power) Revenue up to $500,000
Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace/Mission Garden
Greater Tucson Leadership
Izi Azi Foundation/Felicia’s Farm
Revenue between $500,000–$2M
ASU Office of Community Health, Engagement, and Resiliency