In need of an Alaskan adventure? Contact the Guru!
Alaska is a home of vast and captivating wilderness, and one local entrepreneur has dedicated himself to proactively creating yet another way to experience the adventure and beauty this magnificent state has to offer. Adventure Guru Alaska provides an extraordinary experience visiting untouched areas throughout Alaska. Born and raised here, Courtney Larsen, AKA the Adventure Guru, is the only outfitter permitted to lead Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) trips in Chugach National Forest.
With four decades of experience and extensive local knowledge under his belt, Courtney leads excursions through alluring areas including the Kenai River, Kenai Lake, Portage Creek and Portage Valley, as well as other lakes on the Kenai Peninsula. It is a combination of strength, endurance, and admittedly some balance that adventure-seekers will experience not just the beauty and exhilaration that these guided tours offer, but a great, low-impact, complete body workout as well; what an incredible way to see Alaska!
Courtney worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Anchorage utilizing both workshops and one-on-one business counseling. Specifically, he connected with Lynn Klassert on fine-tuning his business plan and projections as well as Kimberlee Hayward on the creation and design of his website. He also made use of SBDC co-counseling opportunities and has recently worked with business advisor Allan Carraway; together they navigated the details involved with his business’ financials and growth with his focus on ensuring his business runs smoothly, experiences success, and is fun and enjoyable.
Of his vision becoming a reality he shares, “As an entrepreneur, I dabble in many different types of ventures and business ideas, believing that at least one should pan out successfully, eventually… I needed an objective third party that could see the business as a whole, see where money may be leaking, and disclose some ways to patch-up certain parts. Advisors from the SBDC, specifically Lynn and Allan, have been especially helpful in providing guidance and direction during each session and giving business ‘homework’ tasks to do prior to the next meet-up. We discuss and reference tidbit lessons from the Profit Mastery workshop course as they apply specifically to the business and business questions at hand. In sum, SBDC has helped tremendously in orienting a small business in the right direction at the right time.”
It was Courtney’s perseverance, vision, and dedication that aided him in creating an incredible sightseeing experience. To rent a paddleboard or experience a guided trip, contact Adventure Guru Alaska and create memories that will last you a lifetime. Visit Courtney at the Adventure Guru website and on Facebook to keep up with the action!