Business awards earned in Tucson and Southern Arizona

Business awards earned in Tucson and Southern Arizona

Culver’s: Culver’s location in Sierra Vista is being recognized as one of the chain’s top five. The Sierra Vista Culver’s has been named a Gold Finalist in the annual Culver’s Crew Challenge, which will crown a winner this month.

Kevin and Sandra Adams are the owner-operators of the Sierra Vista Culver’s, which opened in 2015. In the eight years since opening, the Adams’ restaurant has won the Crew Challenge once (2017) and reached the finals a record-setting seven times.

In the Crew Challenge, restaurants compete in the areas of quality, service, cleanliness, hospitality, community outreach and team member training and development.

Each of the five finalists will receive prize money, with $50,000 going to the national champion and $12,500 to each of the four runner-up restaurants. Winnings are shared between the restaurant managers and team members.

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2023 Arizona Innovation Challenge: Ten companies have been selected as awardees for the Arizona Commerce Authority’s 2023 Arizona Innovation Challenge. The challenge aims to advance innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona by helping early-stage ventures scale.

The 10 companies will participate in the Venture Ready Accelerator, another program of the Commerce Authority, connecting companies with serial entrepreneurs, high-level executives and subject matter experts. Participants will complete a series of panels and workshops within one year of the award. The Accelerator helps startups refine their business plans, improve go-to-market execution strategies and increase investor readiness.

The Southern Arizona awardees are Macula Vision Systems of Oro Valley and Nobel Works of Tucson.

The awardees were selected after pitching their startups in-person before a panel of investors on Nov. 17.

Habitat for Humanity Tucson: Bank of America announced Habitat for Humanity Tucson as the 2023 Neighborhood Champion awardee for its work advancing economic mobility and building up underserved neighborhoods in Tucson.

Habitat for Humanity Tucson will receive the opportunity to participate in virtual leadership training delivered by experts in the nonprofit sector on topics like human capital management, increasing financial sustainability and storytelling, and a $50,000 grant over two years.

The award will allow Habitat for Humanity Tucson to scale significantly by decreasing the time it takes to build new homes.

At the start of the new year, 22 states and 43 cities and counties are increasing the hourly minimum wage, benefiting nearly 10 million people. And that doesn’t only affect workers at major fast food chains or retail outlets; it also includes people who work at small, locally-owned businesses.

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