Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couris speaks with the parents of Navy Seal Jonas Kelsall who was killed in Afghanistan. John and Teri Kelsall founded The Jonas Project in their son’s memory to help veterans launch and grow their own businesses.
The Jonas Project works with Veteran Entrepreneurs on their quest to become business owners. Once accepted into The Jonas Project, Veterans are provided with a number of critical resources for the first two years of their business launch.
We have assembled a powerful team of mentors – business leaders, market innovators, and successful Veteran entrepreneurs – that serve as the support backbone for our Veteran Entrepreneurs. Our mentors are matched to a Veteran based upon his or her needs and are committed to our Veterans and their success. Our mentor network spans the country, and with backgrounds as varied as the veterans themselves, these mentors are postured to provide impactful support, no matter the venture.
Apex Target Systems is dedicated to the invention, manufacture and marketing of state-of-the-art portable, electronically integrated, cost effective shooting target systems.
E9 construction focuses on federal procurement, performing interior renovations and finish-out of existing buildings.
MBSC Group, Inc., is a security company that hires Veterans, creating an easier transition from military to civilian life. For veterans by veterans.
Millennium Family Entertainment Center is a family fun facility that will include laser tag, bumper cars, a large play area, arcade, food and a big focus on birthday parties for children.
Blue Bowl Superfoods is a quick, tasty and healthy breakfast bowl with a customized assortment of all natural performance-enhancing food toppings. Click here to visit Blue Bowl website.
Marketed as a Franco-German beer hall, 4th and Olive is an Alsace restaurant with a French and German wine list, German and Belgian beer list, and a staff of at least 70% veterans.
Patriot List a perfect tool to help our service men and women and their families stay safe when buying and selling within their local military communities.
B. Farmer Consulting, LLC provides managerial, business, technical and professional expertise to new or existing volunteer programs using proven sustainable tools, innovative programs, and expert advice.
Marshall Security offers a customized approach to make sure your needs are covered in the best possible way, understanding the need to balance level of security and cost.
A production craft brewery in Norfolk, VA, that produces beer for local restaurants and bars, with a tasting room for locals to enjoy the craft beer right where it’s made.
Inspired by her own son’s Autism, Thyme and Play turns family homes into a fully catered pop up restaurant and therapy playground for children with special needs.
Founded by a former Navy SEAL who loves to run. Higher Ground Running is a runner’s gym that caters to the people of Oklahoma who are passionate about running.
The Jonas Project was instrumental in setting me up with a law firm who helped me work through the details of the lease, get me set up to start hiring employees and bring on a partner. And they did it all pro bono.
I have learned that we have a tremendous responsibility to be correct in our advice.
We mentors gain more than our vets. I often hear from other mentors that they didn’t do anything, the Veteran did all the work, and it’s said with pride in the outcome of their experience.
As someone that did not serve in the military but worked over 30 years in the defense industry, it means a lot to me to help out where I can.
My moments of mentoring delight haven’t always been because my mentees have found immediate success, but because they learned what doesn’t work and still they strive to succeed.
I can honestly say the Veteran entrepreneurs I have met through The Jonas Project tend to be much better prepared to accept and appreciate the opportunity to learn new things and are committed to embracing the hard work and sanctifies needed to be successful.
My TJP mentor is a godsend. Her support has been phenomenal. When I’m doing something stupid, she doesn’t tell me it’s stupid, she just asks ‘have you thought about it this way’. She’s like my genius big sister. I just can’t say enough about her and how much she’s helped me.
My mentor is amazing. She has helped me through so much, I can’t even begin to describe what it’s been like having someone who always has my back and my best interests at heart.
Once I started talking with The Jonas Project, I realized I might need a mentor. Working with my mentor turned out to be more helpful than I anticipated. In retrospect, I would have gotten a good mentor right up front to make the whole process more smooth and less stressful.