Ford’s Fish Shack owner speaks at the White House

Brambleton resident Tony Stafford spoke about the impact of the coronavirus on his business.

Brambleton resident Tony Stafford, the founder and owner of Loudoun County’s three Ford’s Fish Shack restaurants, spoke at the White House today. He was introduced by President Trump and discussed the challenges facing small businesses and how the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is going to help his employees.

“I promised every employee we would do our best to bring them back, and we would fight every day tooth and nail to get them back into the restaurants and be successful like we were the 10 years before all this terrible stuff happened,” Stafford said in his remarks. “Now with the help of the PPP loan … I’ve going to be able to keep that promise and bring every one of those employees back.”

Besides the president, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and first daughter Ivanka Trump were also present. Ford’s Fish Shack operations manager Mark Underwood also spoke briefly.

Here is a video of the event. Stafford is introduced around the 12-minute mark.

President Trump Speaks About Supporting Small Businesses With The Paycheck Protection Program | TIME

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