About Teri Kelsall
Teri Kelsall started The Jonas Project (TJP) with her husband John in 2012 in honor of their son, Jonas, a Navy SEAL who was killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. The Kelsall’s noticed how difficult it was for returning veterans to join the work force or start businesses due to the belief that veterans “lack real-world skills.” The Jonas Project helps Veteran entrepreneurs develop formal business plans, prepare pitches for start-up capital, offers low interest loans for business expenses, and most importantly, offers an extensive network of Veteran entrepreneurs and business professionals who provide comprehensive mentorship. From start to launch, TJP stays with the Veteran for the first two years of business to help increase the odds of success. In just three years, the organization has provided comprehensive assistance to 18 Veteran-owned start-ups across the country, four of which are now open for business. Additionally, The Jonas Project is working to persuade Congress to pass the Credit Reporting Act for Military to provide credit-reporting protection in an attempt to make it easier for Veterans to obtain small business loans.