By: Teri Kelsall It was 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon and we had just concluded a very long…long business meeting. I was thirsty and a bit cranky for having to sit through a meeting that accomplished very little.  I needed to reward myself, and what better place than the newest restaurant in Long Beach, CA, Fourth & Olive. Fourth & Olive is the vision of a disabled Veteran who worked with The Jonas Project to make his dream of a gourmet restaurant come true, and he succeeded. Of course it was my first time there, but when I walked through...
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Tools to Choose the Right Charity

Right now there are more charitable organizations operating on behalf of veterans than ever before. This is wonderful and we are proud to be among such good company. Unfortunately, there are a few scammers and poorly run organizations in the mix. Before giving to any group, we recommend you do your homework and find out where your money is going. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to quickly gather some good info. Here are some very helpful websites you can use to check up on the veterans organizations you are considering: Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities....
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Assemblers changes name to Blue Bowl

As most businesses grow from their infancy, they change. Our very own Teague Savitch is experiencing that transformation now with a name change for his business. Here, he explains the evolution and the decision. “After nearly one year treading water in the learning process of what it takes to start and run a business, and testing it out in local farmers’ markets, Assemblers is excited to announce that it found a new (brick and mortar) home.  In light of the Summer 2016 launch at the new location in Orange, California, Assemblers decided to take on a fresh new approach to...
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IHeartOC Giving Day

The big IheartOC Giving Day event starts at 6:00am on April 27! For every donation you make to The Jonas Project through this campaign, we become eligible for more money! That means that your donation could help raise significant funds for us and help us launch more Veteran Owned Business. Donate here:  

Catching up with VOBs: Apex Target Systems

Jamie Chester has been working with The Jonas Project for about 13 months to launch his company, Apex Target Systems. We had a chance to catch up with Jamie and get the update on his milestones as he rapidly approaches the launch of his new target system named Phoenix. Jamie originally came up with the idea for his business from his own experience in the military. While training, he often practiced scenarios to improve his shooting ability, and those scenarios would need to be as life-like as possible. He wanted to create a better target system that would allow the...
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