Franchot honors three Dundalk small businesses
In an effort to recognize local businesses, Comptroller Peter Franchot traveled to three Dundalk businesses on Thursday, January 3, presenting them with proclamations acknowledging that small businesses like them are the backbone of Maryland’s economy.
“It never hurts to thank people,” Franchot said.
First, Franchot visited Dan Dawes, the owner of Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky and his smallbatch, handmade products.
“I’m delighted to give recognition to this delicious beef jerky, made locally in Baltimore, distributed internationally, available for purchase in 60 retail locations across six states,” Franchot said. “We need the genus of the private sector, which you are all apart of, to propel our state forward. And to give the jobs and the economic growth that the state needs in order to be a wonderful place to live.”
“Thank you very much,” Dawes said, as he thanked the people he worked with and explained how they help him move his business forward by taking advantage of new technology.
“Thank God we have this forward thinking, innovative entrepreneurial spirit,” Franchot said.
According to Franchot, Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky represents a great small business and “we like it a lot.”
“Best wishes for many years and continued growth success and property,” he added.
Next, Franchot traveled to Tulkoff Food Products, a familyowned business that has been producing horseradish, flavored sauces, garlic and ginger products for food service, retail, industrial, co-pack and private label customers nationwide for over 80 years.
Franchot presented president and CEO Phill Tulfoff with a proclamation.
After that, Francot stopped by Vinny’s Cafe, to present Vincenzo “Vinny” Scotto and his family with their proclamation.
Vinny’s Cafe had been serving Italian cuisine since 1999.
Later that evening, Franchot held a Reform on Tap Happy Hour at the Key Brewing Company to discuss his efforts in 2019, to reform Maryland’s craft beer laws.
“I’m trying to renew our efforts and modernize the states craft beer laws, not to promote the drinking of alcohol, but promote the drinking of Maryland alcohol, as opposed to out of state alcohol,” Franchot said.
According to Franchot, craft beer laws are a very controversial issue in the legislature and “we’re optimistic that we’ll get it through the legislature this year.”
Comptroller Peter Frachot presents CEO of Dundalk Dan’s Beef Jerky, Dan Dawes with a proclamation
Franchot raises a glass at the Key Brewing Company.
Comptroller Peter Franchot is proud of small business’
Comptroller Peter Franchot and Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky owner, Dan Dawes greet each other