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The Jonas Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Veteran entrepreneurs launch and grow their own businesses.

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The Jonas Project provides Veterans with the support and resources needed to launch and grow their business.

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Mentors are an integral part of the support team for Veterans, helping to coach and guide entrepreneurs and increase their chances of success.

‘If anything ever happens to me…’: Fallen Navy SEAL inspires parents’ mission to give back

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.

Meet our Veterans

Patriot Dog Training provides basic to advanced dog training, boarding and doggie daycare. No two dogs are the same, so training is customized to suite each dog.

Makes adult learning fun by creating cognitively energizing lessons in which military members and employees are trained most effectively.

Skyview utilizes the latest photogrammetry technology combined with unmanned aerial vehicles to create detailed construction site plans and reviews.

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. 


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. 

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.

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