The value in the mentoring process is that successful tourism professionals will have an opportunity to experience the many challenges and difficulties that rural residents face in operating a business (i.e. high fuel costs and delivery charges, expensive transportation, difficulty securing funding, etc). Mentors may include representatives from a wide range of visitor services/hospitality industry (i.e. Bed & Breakfasts, Tour operators, Fishing guides, Artisans, Restaurants/Food service, Retail Store owners, Transportation).
The mentors will provide assistance to the entrepreneur in the following ways:
Toll Free Hotline 1-800-478-5626 within Alaska