Port City Pretzel Highlighted in Nat'l Webinar

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New Hampshire District Office - October 24, 2022 

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8 people sitting & standing indoors, laptops & desks with text, Celebrating Disability Employment Awareness Month webinar on Oct. 27 at 1pm EDT

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Thursday, October 27


SBA Highlights National Disability Employment Awareness Month

 PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a live online small business roundtable with Shari Thomas, Chief Diversity Officer, SBA’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights on Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT).  Portsmouth-based Suzanne Foley of Port City Pretzels will be one of the featured speakers on this national virtual small business panel. 

Port City Pretzels is a wholesale food manufacturer whose pretzels can now be found in over 2,000 stores nationwide in four different flavors. Ms. Foley also operates an e-commerce site where she sells her products directly to consumers.  Over the years, Ms. Foley utilized SBA’s capital access programs through her local bank to obtain financing to help her start and grow her business.  In addition, she received help from SBA’s resource partners SCORE, the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC) and the Center for Women and Enterprise. 

“For decades now in northern New England, businesses have faced challenges meeting workforce needs, recently exacerbated by the pandemic.  I commend Suzanne Foley for the work she has done to grow her workforce by finding creative ways to increase her hiring pool,” said Mike Vlacich, SBA New England Regional Administrator. “By investing in recruiting, hiring, and retaining talent—including people with disabilities—businesses like Port City Pretzels can give themselves a competitive edge and demonstrate their commitment to inclusion.”

“I’m thrilled that a New Hampshire business will be featured during SBA’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month Webinar,” said Amy Bassett, SBA New Hampshire District Director.  “Suzanne Foley is dedicated to operating an inclusive business and providing opportunities to all members of the community who would like to be part of the workforce and can make their own contributions in helping Port City Pretzels grow and thrive.” 

Foley has more than doubled her workforce over the last three years and has created job opportunities for workers with physical and cognitive disabilities. She has a long history of civic activity in Portsmouth. Poised to significantly expand business in 2023, Foley continues to support local and statewide events for inclusive businesses that started out small.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated each November in recognition of the important role people with disabilities play in a divers and inclusive workforce.  For more information on hiring individuals with disabilities 

The National Disability Employment Awareness Month Online Small Business Roundtable will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. 

Register Here 

Port City Pretzel Portsmouth

Port City Pretzels owner Suzanne Foley was recognized during National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a visit from SBA NE Regional Administrator Mike Vlacich, U.S. Congressman Chris Pappas (NH).

Suzanne Foley

The idea for making pretzels started 28 years ago, when Suzanne Foley first tasted the pretzels at a family gathering. Suzanne started with an idea in her kitchen, moved to a 500 square foot warehouse which she quickly outgrew, and on to her current location which continues to support her growth in sales. With a bachelor’s degree, a background in management and a solid work-ethic, Suzanne followed her passion to be creative and independent. Suzanne has a long history of civic activity in Portsmouth, NH, and is driven both by a need to succeed and a set of strong personal and community values.  She answers the call to support local and statewide events for enterprises like her own, all on top of her very busy schedule.  With all the success, Foley remains grounded and able to handle different kind of pressures. "Not a day goes by that I don't feel grateful," said Foley. Visit Port City Pretzels 

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