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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.
A mosaic image of asteroid Eros at it's north pole, taken by the robotic NEAR Shoemaker space probe February 14, 2000 immediately after the spacecraft's insertion into orbit. After a year of circling and taking pictures, NEAR will touch down on asteroid Eros February 12, 2001, to capture surface details, which will be the first time any craft has tried to land on a tumbling space rock. (Photo Courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
A mosaic image of asteroid Eros at it's north pole, taken by the robotic NEAR Shoemaker space probe February 14, 2000 immediately after the spacecraft's insertion into orbit. After a year of circling and taking pictures, NEAR will touch down on asteroid Eros February 12, 2001, to capture surface details, which will be the first time any craft has tried to land on a tumbling space rock. (Photo Courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
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Could a Comet or Asteroid Hit The Earth?

Currently scientists estimate that there are 33,000 asteroids and 20 new comets on a collision course with planet Earth.

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BOWLING GREEN, OH - MAY 17: A Wal-Mart greeter waits to welcome new customers to the new 2,000 square foot Wal-Mart Supercenter store May 17, 2006 in Bowling Green, Ohio. The new store, one of three new supercenters opening today in Ohio, employs 340 people with 60 percent of those working full-time. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
BOWLING GREEN, OH - MAY 17: A Wal-Mart greeter waits to welcome new customers to the new 2,000 square foot Wal-Mart Supercenter store May 17, 2006 in Bowling Green, Ohio. The new store, one of three new supercenters opening today in Ohio, employs 340 people with 60 percent of those working full-time. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
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Is Poor Customer Service Your Fault?

When you receive poor service, and don’t make that fact known, you are indirectly contributing to the very level of service you are railing against.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: A general view of atmosphere at a party hosted by Jack Daniels and New York Magazine celebrating Jack Daniels' Sinatra Select at By Robert James Boutique on February 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for New York Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: A general view of atmosphere at a party hosted by Jack Daniels and New York Magazine celebrating Jack Daniels' Sinatra Select at By Robert James Boutique on February 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for New York Magazine)
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Friday Fun Facts About Booze

Reading some of these facts makes me wonder how some people are allowed to leave their homes without some form of adult supervision.

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SHENYANG, CHINA - OCTOBER 14: (CHINA OUT) People shopping in a supermarket on October 14, 2011 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China. China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 6.1 percent in September and China's Producer Price Index (PPI) rose 6.5 percent year-on-year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
SHENYANG, CHINA - OCTOBER 14: (CHINA OUT) People shopping in a supermarket on October 14, 2011 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China. China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 6.1 percent in September and China's Producer Price Index (PPI) rose 6.5 percent year-on-year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
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Are You In The Way?

Most of us have seen the popular bumper sticker, “Did you move here to be in a hurry?”

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LONDON - JULY 27: A woman looks at a casino website on July 27, 2004 in London. Internet gambling websites should introduce age-verification checks to prevent children from betting online, NCH (a children's charity) urged on Tuesday. The call by NCH came after it found that a 16-year-old girl was able to register with 30 gambling sites after lying about her age. (Photo iillustration by Graeme Robertson/Getty Images).
LONDON - JULY 27: A woman looks at a casino website on July 27, 2004 in London. Internet gambling websites should introduce age-verification checks to prevent children from betting online, NCH (a children's charity) urged on Tuesday. The call by NCH came after it found that a 16-year-old girl was able to register with 30 gambling sites after lying about her age. (Photo iillustration by Graeme Robertson/Getty Images).
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IRS and Gambling

Billions of dollars change hands each year that are never reported to the IRS. In-house office pools, and bars, have wagering on almost every sporting event.

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ELMONT, NY - JUNE 07: Tonalist #11 (L), ridden by Joel Rosario, races to the finish line enroute to winning the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 07: Tonalist #11 (L), ridden by Joel Rosario, races to the finish line enroute to winning the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Triple Crown

I’m not a big horseracing fan. But every now and then there is a chance for us to witness history. The 1960 and 1980 Olympic Hockey wins comes to mind.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 03: A McRib sign is seen at a McDonald's restaurant on November 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. The sandwich arrived on the menu for the first time since 1994 and is offered at all McDonald's nationwide for a limited time until December 5, 2010. The McRib was first introduced in 1981. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 03: A McRib sign is seen at a McDonald's restaurant on November 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. The sandwich arrived on the menu for the first time since 1994 and is offered at all McDonald's nationwide for a limited time until December 5, 2010. The McRib was first introduced in 1981. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Fast Food Cults

Today’s exercise in fun facts focuses on those groups of people who have a misplaced or excessive admiration for particular types of fast foods.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: People stand in a line that stretched around the block to enter a job fair held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), on March 21, 2012 in New York City. More than 600 people registered to attend the job fair and meet potential employers. New York City police stationed a patrol car outside the JCC during the event, citing the killing spree of 7 people around Toulouse, France, including 4 victims outside a Jewish school Monday. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: People stand in a line that stretched around the block to enter a job fair held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), on March 21, 2012 in New York City. More than 600 people registered to attend the job fair and meet potential employers. New York City police stationed a patrol car outside the JCC during the event, citing the killing spree of 7 people around Toulouse, France, including 4 victims outside a Jewish school Monday. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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What’s Your Labor Worth?

Most people feel they have value. They have skills, expertise and education they feel entitles them to a shot at better opportunities.

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The Seattle Space Needle is viewed during dusk with Mt. Rainier in the background May 30, 2000 in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Dan Callister/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
The Seattle Space Needle is viewed during dusk with Mt. Rainier in the background May 30, 2000 in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Dan Callister/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
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Seattle Passes $15 Minimum Wage

For a 30 hour worker that would mean a yearly salary of $23,400 or $31,200 for a 40 hour worker. Nowhere near a “living wage” in a city like Seattle.

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