The Jonas Project works exclusively with
Veteran entrepreneurs to launch a new business. We
provide support in many ways, but the most impact
comes from our Mentors and Subject
Matter Experts. We work with you on every aspect of your
business to create what we call a Concept of
that includes a SWOT analysis, market
research, business model, financial projections,
operations plan, and marketing plan.

Each Veteran is assigned a mentor who works
with you for up to two years. The Jonas Project
Mentors are business owners who have already
launched successful businesses and can help you
avoid mistakes, and increase your chances for success.

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How it Works

The Jonas Project accepts applications
year-round, but quarterly cohorts start
the first month of every business quarter.
We will be devoting a tremendous
amount of time to your development, so
be prepared to work…and work hard!
  1. Apply online

Fill out the Application completely. If you
have a business plan, be sure to attach it
to your application. If you don’t have a
business plan, attach this Business Kernel
with your application. Think carefully
through the business kernel, as it will help
us determine if your idea has merit.

  1. Contact

A Jonas Project staff member will call you
within three business days of submitting
your application to discuss your business
idea and your plans.

  1. Cohorts

The Jonas Project chooses five to ten
candidates every quarter to join the
cohort. The cohort meets as a group
weekly (online) to work on small portions
of the business plan. Our Senior Capacity
Builder leads the meetings. You will cover
topics like customer definition, market
segmentation, costs and expenses,
a thorough SWOT analysis.

  1. Mentoring

Veterans will be assigned a Jonas Project
Mentor at the end of the quarter. Mentors
work with you one-on-one for up to 24
months to accomplish one of two things:

  • Develop an MVP (minimum viable
    product) you can use to validate your
    business idea and establish cash flow.
  • Develop a lender-ready business plan
    you can use to get financing.

Your mentor works with you even after
your business launches to ensure you
learn to be an independent business

  1. Growth

At the end of two years we consider you
an independent business owner! But that
doesn’t mean you’re alone. We have
specialized experts who take over at that
point to help you plan for future growth.
While you may be out of start-up phase,
you’re never without support.

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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