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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.
Photo Credit: Mark Wilson / Newsmakers / Liaison Agency/ Getty Images
Photo Credit: Mark Wilson / Newsmakers / Liaison Agency/ Getty Images
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Friday Fun Facts About The Hidden Messages Printed On Our Money

Did the Founding Fathers design pictures on our money to alert us to future events? Many conspiracy theorists believe so.

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HESWALL, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 18: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband takes questions from the audience after a speech on immigration at Pensby High School on April 18, 2015 in Wirral, Merseyside. The labour leader pledged to stop exploitation of low paid immigrant workers and would create a 100-strong police and Home Office enforcement unit to increase prosecutions and fines against bad employers. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
HESWALL, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 18: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband takes questions from the audience after a speech on immigration at Pensby High School on April 18, 2015 in Wirral, Merseyside. The labour leader pledged to stop exploitation of low paid immigrant workers and would create a 100-strong police and Home Office enforcement unit to increase prosecutions and fines against bad employers. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Oh No! I Have to Give a Speech

Being comfortable with yourself is the first step to getting over your fears. Be confident in what you are saying and thinking. Audiences want you to succeed.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: An atmosphere shot of the cocktail hour during an advance screening of Entourage at the Playboy Mansion on May 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Playboy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: An atmosphere shot of the cocktail hour during an advance screening of Entourage at the Playboy Mansion on May 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Playboy)
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Is The American Dream Just A Dream?

Today's generation believes the only way they will live the American Dream is winning a lottery or getting a big inheritance.

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX - MARCH 26: Students participate in a wet t-shirt contest at the MTV Beach Bash party put on by Global Groove at the Bahia Mar Hotel during the annual ritual of Spring Break March 26, 2008 on South Padre Island, Texas. The South Texas island is one of the top Spring Break destinations and attracts students from all over the country. (Photo by Rick Gershon/Getty Images)
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX - MARCH 26: Students participate in a wet t-shirt contest at the MTV Beach Bash party put on by Global Groove at the Bahia Mar Hotel during the annual ritual of Spring Break March 26, 2008 on South Padre Island, Texas. The South Texas island is one of the top Spring Break destinations and attracts students from all over the country. (Photo by Rick Gershon/Getty Images)
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How Much Should You Do For Your Kids?

Life is tough and the world is tough. In real life not everyone gets a trophy. In real life they use red pens and they don’t care if they hurt your feelings.

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(Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
(Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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Should Memorial Day Be Commercialized?

There are many holidays that are commercial windfalls for business but should they be?

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates atop of California Chrome #5 after crossing the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Jockey Victor Espinoza celebrates atop of California Chrome #5 after crossing the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Horses

The race must go on even if the jockey dies. In 1923 a jockey had a fatal heart attack but not to worry. The horse won the race without him.

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MARCH 31: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) (L-R), and other Senate Republicans hold a news conference to announce a proposed balanced budget amendment to the Constitution in the U.S. Capitol on March 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. The measure is part of an attempt to bring under control the country's $14 trillion debt. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
MARCH 31: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) (L-R), and other Senate Republicans hold a news conference to announce a proposed balanced budget amendment to the Constitution in the U.S. Capitol on March 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. The measure is part of an attempt to bring under control the country's $14 trillion debt. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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Constitutional Amendments That Didn’t Make It

Over the years some 11,539 ideas for amending our Constitution have been presented between 1789 and 2013. Virtually all died in committee.

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BOSTON - JULY 29:  A man protests the Patriot Act during an anarchist rally on the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Copley Plaza July 29, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. The demonstrators were protesings against both Bush and Kerry.  (Photo by Michael Springer/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 29: A man protests the Patriot Act during an anarchist rally on the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Copley Plaza July 29, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. The demonstrators were protesings against both Bush and Kerry. (Photo by Michael Springer/Getty Images)
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Is It Time To Get Rid Of The Patriot Act?

Where do protection of our rights stop and safety from terrorism start? We all want to be safe from terrorism but at what cost? But at what cost?

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(Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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Fear of Loss

There’s an old saying, “Fear of loss is always more powerful than expectation of gain.” To sum it up, we resist change.

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Worn three keys off in less than two years. Photo by Tom Egelhoff
Worn three keys off in less than two years. Photo by Tom Egelhoff
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Eight Hundred Fifteen Blogs Down — ??? To Go

The other day I realized that I had passed the 800 mark in daily blogs I’ve posted for KMMS. Eight hundred fifteen to be exact.

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