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Maryland governor tours veteran-owned aging-in-place technology company; presents small business with Governor’s Citation.
Rockville, MD (August 2, 2018) — BlueStar SeniorTech on Tuesday hosted Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan at its Rockville, Maryland headquarters to showcase the company’s dramatic four-year growth and to highlight its product line, including technology that empowers senior citizens to age comfortably within their homes for as long as possible – safe, healthy and connected.
BlueStar CEO Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray Jr. (ret.) led Gov. Hogan and his staff on a guided tour of its facilities and spotlighted BlueStar’s product line, including its number-one-selling mobile medical alert unit, the Ranger. Additionally, Wray underscored how BlueStar’s technology helps seniors maintain their independence within the comfort of their homes.
“We cannot thank Gov. Hogan enough for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit our BlueStar team,” said BlueStar SeniorTech CEO Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray Jr. (ret.).
“Gov. Hogan has demonstrated to us that he clearly understands and appreciates the challenges and struggles that small businesses like ours face when first getting started – from crafting a comprehensive business plan, finding and hiring the best talent, making payroll and rewarding hardworking employees to raising capital and meeting and exceeding your company’s annual goals. We appreciate Gov. Hogan and his administration working tirelessly to help business owners and entrepreneurs grow Maryland’s economy while working to cultivate our state into one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business.”
Wray shared with Gov. Hogan that the latest round of overseas tariffs has spiked the cost of its best-selling product by 21%, which is already costing BlueStar an additional $10,000 a month. It’s an impact that could affect not only BlueStar customers but also the number of Marylanders and veterans the company can hire over the next six to twelve months. Like other small businesses affected by foreign tariffs, BlueStar could face the unenviable position of passing along the additional costs to its valued consumers, many of whom live on fixed incomes and are of limited means.
“Companies like BlueStar are changing Maryland for the better with real results and real growth,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “Their growth from one person to a team of more than 30 employees is proof that Maryland truly is open for business, and the technology services they are providing for seniors and veterans are innovative, exciting, and much needed. It was an honor to visit this company and see their great work firsthand.”
The governor presented Admiral Wray and the BlueStar staff a Governor’s Citation in recognition of and congratulations on its growth and success.
Founded in 2013, BlueStar SeniorTech’s mission is to help aging seniors, veterans and their family members age safely within the comfort of their homes. BlueStar began offering aging-in-place technology and other products to non-veterans in 2015 because of increased consumer demand. The company offers a combination of aging-in-place technology products and services to help seniors remain healthy, safe in their homes and connected with their loved ones. BlueStar is veteran-owned, and it is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). BlueStar is committed to hiring veterans, including disabled and wounded service members.
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