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Tom Egelhoff has been the host of "Open for Business," a business and consumer talk show, which is the most listened to show in his time slot, since 2004. According to Entrepreneur Magazine Radio, Tom is the leading authority in the United States for doing business in small towns. He is the author of "How to Market, Advertise and Promote Your Business or Service In Your Own Backyard" (Wiley), and "The Small Town Advertising Handbook: How to Say More and Spend Less," and "How to Market, Advertise and Promote Your Business or Service In A Small Town." He has been a columnist for Billings Business, the largest business publication in Montana, for the past 9 years and a national columnist for Vetrepreneur for the past five years. Tom has been appeared on MSNBC's "Your Business" with JJ Ramberg, in Costco Connection Magazine (twice), Target Market Magazine, Emerging Business, Business Adviser, and magazines in China, India and Turkey. His books have been textbooks at the University of Alaska and Missouri State University. Tom speaks nationally to colleges, universities and business organizations across the U.S. Tom's 400 page web site, www.smalltownmarketing.com, went online in 1998 and is one of the oldest continuous web sites on the net and averages over 1,000 visitors per day. You can follow Tom on Twitter and become a fan of Tom on Facebook. To leave a comment or ask a question, leave a comment below or you can visit Tom's Open for Business Blog. "Open for Business" airs every Saturday, 11 to 2 PM Mountain Time and streams worldwide on the Internet right here. Click "Listen Live" in the top right to stream the radio station online Call into the show at (406) - 522 - 8255 Email Tom at tom@kmmsam.com Leave Tom any comments or questions you have down below.
FEBRUARY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Facing a divided Congress, Obama concentrated his speech on new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and said, 'It�s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth'. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
FEBRUARY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Facing a divided Congress, Obama concentrated his speech on new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and said, 'It�s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth'. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About The State of the Union

Three Media Darlings – Calvin Coolidge did the first radio address in 1923, Harry Truman the first TV version in 1947, and George W. Bush did the first webcast in 2002.

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Credit: Philip Lange • Source: ThinkStock
Credit: Philip Lange • Source: ThinkStock
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Sorry, I Don’t Feel Your Pain

Look around you. Do you feel the pain? What pain you might ask? Why the pain of government of course.Don’t worry I don’t feel it either.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 28, 2014 in New York City. The Dow Jones industrial avererage was up over 100 points in afternoon trading. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 28, 2014 in New York City. The Dow Jones industrial avererage was up over 100 points in afternoon trading. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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The Myth That Investing is Gambling

Make a $5,000 investment in a Roth IRA for your 19-year-old and never touched it again until age 72. How much would there be in that account?

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COLUMBIA, SC - AUGUST 29: The America Flag blows in the wind as the crowd watches on during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - AUGUST 29: The America Flag blows in the wind as the crowd watches on during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Why We Are Not Ashamed to Be Flag Wavers

What began as “safety nets” for those facing life’s challenges, have slowly evolved into “hammocks” for our rapidly growing society of dependency .

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: A view from outside the United Nations building on March 17, 2011 in New York City. The UN Security Council is expected to vote on whether or not to impose a no-fly zone on Libya as Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continues to use air strikes against the rebels in his country. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: A view from outside the United Nations building on March 17, 2011 in New York City. The UN Security Council is expected to vote on whether or not to impose a no-fly zone on Libya as Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continues to use air strikes against the rebels in his country. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About January

You can thank Numa Pompilius for adding January to the end of what was then a ten-month Roman calendar in 700 B.C.

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A man deposits his tax return into a mailbox on the final day for filing taxes, April 16, 2001 in Atlanta, GA. It is estimated that some 24 million Americans will be filing their returns on this day. (Erik S. Lesser/Newsmakers)
A man deposits his tax return into a mailbox on the final day for filing taxes, April 16, 2001 in Atlanta, GA. It is estimated that some 24 million Americans will be filing their returns on this day. (Erik S. Lesser/Newsmakers)
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Is It Time To Abolish The Montana Income Tax?

Many American's think they are tapped out when it comes to taxes so the disappearance of a Montana Income Tax might seem like a windfall to many.

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MOUNT PROSPECT, IL - MAY 31: A worker pushes carts outside a Costco Wholesale store May 31, 2006 in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Third-quarter earnings reported today were up at Costco, the nation's largest warehouse club operator, although current oil prices affected margins at their associated gas stations. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
MOUNT PROSPECT, IL - MAY 31: A worker pushes carts outside a Costco Wholesale store May 31, 2006 in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Third-quarter earnings reported today were up at Costco, the nation's largest warehouse club operator, although current oil prices affected margins at their associated gas stations. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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Is Retail In America Changing?

JC Penny is in trouble. Linens & Things is gone, Circuit City is gone, Border’s Books is gone, and Mervyn’s is gone.

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GOLDEN, CO - OCTOBER 02: Jocelyn Wallen (L) and Bethany Keupp show off boxes of signed petitions during a recent board meeting at JEFFCO Public Schools on October 2, 2014 in Golden, Colorado. (Photo by Jason Bahr/Getty Images for MoveOn.org Civic Action)
GOLDEN, CO - OCTOBER 02: Jocelyn Wallen (L) and Bethany Keupp show off boxes of signed petitions during a recent board meeting at JEFFCO Public Schools on October 2, 2014 in Golden, Colorado. (Photo by Jason Bahr/Getty Images for MoveOn.org Civic Action)
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Does Your Voice Really Matter?

The next time you sign a petition you might want to think about where it might end up. Will your signature come back to bite you in the future?

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LUNEBURG, GERMANY - JULY 27: A female cashier weighs apples in a Supermarket on July 27, 2005 in Luneburg, Germany. Sparked by the election manifesto of the opposition party CDU, Germany currently debates wether raising the Mehrwertsteuer (VAT) would in fact promote economic growth or if it would have the opposite effect by hurting families and low-income households. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
LUNEBURG, GERMANY - JULY 27: A female cashier weighs apples in a Supermarket on July 27, 2005 in Luneburg, Germany. Sparked by the election manifesto of the opposition party CDU, Germany currently debates wether raising the Mehrwertsteuer (VAT) would in fact promote economic growth or if it would have the opposite effect by hurting families and low-income households. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Does Bozeman Need A Local Option Sales Tax?

The problems most of us have with taxes is that once the camel’s nose is in the tent it’s pretty hard not to let the rest in.

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