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Keeping Your Franchise System Simplified with Mike Gould of Houndstown USA

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In 1982, founder Michael Gould begins his canine career as a founding member of the NYPD canine unit. Later he went on to become the Commanding Officer of the Nassau County Canine Unit, going on to have a 15+ year career in police canine management. In 1999, as Mike is getting ready to retire from the police department, he has the idea to open a pet care facility after recognizing the need for reliable and honest pet care on Long Island. In 2000, Mike opens the first Hounds Town location, in a 1,200-square foot store in Port Jefferson, introducing the idea of interactive daycare to the area. The events of 9/11 in New York call Mike and his private scent detection dog company Canine Consultants to aid in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Mike gets deployed to Naples, Italy, as a member of the naval reserves to run the Military Working Dog program following the terrorist attacks. Since 2003, Hounds Town USA has grown as a franchise with more than 10 locations.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:18] Today’s episode of Franchise Euphoria is brought to you by IndyFranchiseLaw.com, a leading resource in the franchise space. Head over to IndyFranchiseLaw.com learn more!

[0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Mike Gould, the founder and CEO of Houndstown USA.

[2:36] Josh welcomes Mike to Franchise Euphoria.

[3:20] Mike shares about his past career in the NYPD and his experiences working with police dogs.

[11:15] Mike explains how when he was retiring from the police how he ended up establishing Houndstown USA.

[14:03] Mike discusses what the transition from a career in law enforcement to becoming an entrepreneur was like.

[17:27] For Mike, keeping their business model as simple as possible was the key to their success.

[24:32] Mike shares what made him come to the realization that his business could be turned into a franchise.

[31:05] Over the course of the pandemic, Mike was able to narrow down who the ideal Houndstown franchisee is.

[34:44] If you want to learn more about Houndstown USA, visit their website listed below.

[36:46] Thanks for listening, and please, reach out to Josh anytime through email at josh@franchiseeuphoria.com. If you enjoyed this interview, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

josh@franchiseeuphoria.com

www.indyfranchiselaw.com

https://houndstownusa.com/

https://www.facebook.com/hounds.town/

https://1851franchise.com/houndstownusa/info

https://www.linkedin.com/company/houndstownusa/

 

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

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11/16/2019
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8/30/2019
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7/16/2019
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07/15/2019
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This podcast provides the advice necessary to start building, growing, and scaling your business TODAY! The host asks probing questions of his guests that add value to the listeners in an immediately implementable way!
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07/15/2019
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What do you get when you combine business savvy, legal expertice and a great personality? You get the ultimate podcast for franchise owners. Josh Brown brings it all togehter perfectly with Franchise Euphoria. Not only does he possess all of the skills and abiliites above, but he has great guests, asks awesome questions and created the ideal podcast for this niche. If you have a franchise, or are considering it, subscibe to this show and consume all of the content!
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06/05/2019
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Dean575 from United States
06/04/2019
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Very interesting discussion. I found the information valuable.
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05/06/2019
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