Managed Career Solutions (MCS), an organization that provides employment assistance to Los Angeles residents, joined Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 10,000 Strong Veterans Career Summit initiative on July 13 and served on the event’s organizing committee. The summit, themed “Empowering Veterans with Opportunities to Lead and Thrive in Our Communities,” was held the following day to provide resources for veterans seeking employment.

“We are proud to partner on this initiative alongside the mayor, public organizations, private sector employers and regional nonprofits to help veterans transition back into civilian life,” said Esteban Magallanes, president of MCS. “I am optimistic about the many job opportunities we have for those who have done so much for our country.”

The one-day event helped job seekers and veteran entrepreneurs network with business and career experts in addition to connecting them with on-site hiring managers; it also provided valuable tools for entrepreneurs to access capital, develop business proposals and compete for government contracts.

MCS urged all area veterans to take full advantage of the event, having more than 500 job placement opportunities.

“As the home to the highest number of unemployed veterans in the country, we have a duty here in Los Angeles to repay the service of our returning heroes with job opportunities,” Garcetti said.

“We owe our veterans more than a handshake and a thank you—we owe them the help they deserve to transition their valuable skills to support their families and benefit our local employers.”

More than 100 employer partners have committed to hiring veterans over the next three years as part of the program, according to MCS. A veteran himself, Magallanes feels the goal and joint effort of providing gainful employment to veterans is important, as it hits close to home.

“This ambitious mission to help our veterans is one of a kind, and it’s great to see so many people mobilizing for this cause,” said Magallanes.

MCS has launched the “Operation Biz” initiative to help entrepreneurs start or grow their business as part of the effort to find meaningful career opportunities for veterans.

Working in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development and various community colleges in the area, the initiative will offer a host of resources designed to help veterans along the path of entrepreneurial success.