Beginning as a two-person junk removal operation in a Home Depot parking lot 10 years ago, JDog Brands has since expanded into a nationwide, multi-service franchise organization synonymous with Veteran hiring and employment. Through its first two service lines, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling and JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care, JDog has put hundreds of Veterans and Military family members into business ownership positions and created thousands of jobs. Today, the organization boasts 250 franchise locations serving 50 million Americans — 15% of the U.S. market.
“JDog’s mission has always been to create business ownership and employment opportunities for Veterans and Military family members, while providing excellent customer service with Respect, Integrity, and Trust,” says Jerry Flanagan, co-founder and CEO of JDog Brands. “We’re one of the only companies out there that is built specifically for the Military community under a civilian model, and we see that as our major differentiator and the reason for our success.
“We want to be an influencer in the Veteran employment space and lead the country in reducing the Veteran unemployment rate to below 1%,” continues Flanagan. “Every time we open another franchise, we’re showing the American people how important it is to prioritize Veteran hiring, and giving them an opportunity to support Veterans themselves. We’re setting the standard for other companies and small businesses to hire Veterans as well.”
JDog has built a solid foundation of partnerships with organizations looking to align themselves with the Veteran-oriented brand. This includes a relationship with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program, which aims to match Veterans with companies and job opportunities that will understand their needs. In addition, Flanagan is a mentor for Veteran entrepreneurs and business owners through Veteran Shark Tank.
At the same time, JDog is committed to protecting and preserving the environment. JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care utilizes eco-friendly and environmentally safe cleaning solutions, while JDog Junk Removal & Hauling franchise owners are constantly forming relationships with recycling facilities, non-profits, and other community organizations to give second life to the items they collect. As a result, JDog keeps 60-80% of the items it collects out of landfills.
JDog’s impact doesn’t end there. In 2019, JDog Brands established the JDog Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to bridge the gap between our nation's heroes and the vital organizations dedicated to helping them live fulfilled lives after leaving the Military. The Foundation is centered on raising awareness and funds around Veteran and Military suicide prevention as well as higher education programs for Veterans.
“We’re so proud of the JDog team and all of our franchise owners for their accomplishments over the past decade, but we’re continuing to look toward the future,” continues Flanagan. “Our goal is to establish a vertical model where, within a single marketplace, we can have a JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care, and any number of other home and commercial services businesses. Over the next 10 years, we aim to have a JDog franchise in every zip code in the U.S., creating thousands more opportunities to put Veterans and Military family members into business ownership and jobs.”
To hit that target, JDog Brands is actively recruiting. For more information about owning a JDog franchise, visit www.jdogbrands.com. To support a Veteran- or Military-owned JDog business in your area, visit www.jdogjunkremoval.com or www.jdogcarpetcleaning.com.
About JDog Brands
JDog Brands is the umbrella for an array of home and commercial services franchise organizations owned and operated by Veterans and Military family members. Its first two companies are JDog Junk Removal & Hauling and JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care. Over the next 10 years, JDog Brands has a goal of 5,000 new franchises nationwide. For more information, visit www.jdogbrands.com.