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Tom Egelhoff

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.
NILES, IL - JUNE 19: A man enters a Jenny Craig facility June 19, 2006 in Niles, Illinois. Switzerland's Nestle SA said today they are buying the weight-loss company Jenny Craig for approximately $600 million.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
NILES, IL - JUNE 19: A man enters a Jenny Craig facility June 19, 2006 in Niles, Illinois. Switzerland's Nestle SA said today they are buying the weight-loss company Jenny Craig for approximately $600 million. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts on Everything

Just think how intelligent you’ll sound around the water cooler this morning? Those guys on “The Big Bang Theory” will have nothing on you.

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 14:  University of Chicago professor Eugene Fama addresses collegues, students and media at the university after learning he had won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on October 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Fama, and his U of C colleague Lars Peter Hansen and Yale University professor Robert Shiller will share the prize.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 14: University of Chicago professor Eugene Fama addresses collegues, students and media at the university after learning he had won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on October 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Fama, and his U of C colleague Lars Peter Hansen and Yale University professor Robert Shiller will share the prize. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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The Nobel Prize

Many people questioned the nomination and award of the Nobel Prize to Vice President Al Gore and President Barack Obama.

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Samsung Galaxy Celebrates the Debut of Alec Monopoly's "Man Overboard" Exhibition
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What Is a Monopoly?

Parker Brothers began marketing the popular board game, “Monopoly” way back in 1935 but monopolies have been with us much longer.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison delivers a keynote address during the 2013 Oracle Open World conference on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Ellison kicked off the week-long Oracle Open World conference that runs through September 26.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison delivers a keynote address during the 2013 Oracle Open World conference on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Ellison kicked off the week-long Oracle Open World conference that runs through September 26. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Who Cares What a CEO Makes?

I guess I somehow missed the rule that says there is supposed to be an “etched in stone” percentage between hourly workers and CEO’s that can’t be violated.

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U.S. Prepares To Set Clocks Back As Daylights Saving Time Ends
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Is Daylight Savings Time Really Necessary?

Twice a year the same debate is hashed out around water coolers and breakfast tables across America. Do we really need this twice-yearly clock changing?

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STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST, CA - AUGUST 17:  Giant Sequoias tower over National Park Service (NPS) fire crews as they establish hand line in the Merced and Tuolumne Groves to protect the trees from the Rim Fire on August 17, 2013 near Yosemite National Park, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens thousands of homes and structures outside of Yosemite National Park.  (Photo by U.S. Forest Service via Getty Images)
STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST, CA - AUGUST 17: Giant Sequoias tower over National Park Service (NPS) fire crews as they establish hand line in the Merced and Tuolumne Groves to protect the trees from the Rim Fire on August 17, 2013 near Yosemite National Park, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens thousands of homes and structures outside of Yosemite National Park. (Photo by U.S. Forest Service via Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Trees and Plants

Due to our geographical location and altitude we have a very short growing season to certain plants and trees exist in Montana that would not survive in other parts of the country.

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: A Halloween mask called The Exorcist is offered for sale at Fantasy Costumes on October 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Although Halloween spending has increased more than 50 percent since 2005, according to the National Retail Federation spending for the holiday this year is expected to be slightly lower than it was in 2012. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: A Halloween mask called The Exorcist is offered for sale at Fantasy Costumes on October 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Although Halloween spending has increased more than 50 percent since 2005, according to the National Retail Federation spending for the holiday this year is expected to be slightly lower than it was in 2012. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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How’s That Samhainophobia Workin’Out For Ya??

Halloween, ghosts and goblins, witches brew and everything scary come out after dark every October 31, 2013.

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Job Seekers Attend Career Fair In San Francisco
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Is Failure The New Norm In America?

Imagine living in a world without TV, air conditioning, shopping centers, fast food restaurants, stereo sound, interstate highways, jet airliners and microwave ovens.

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Investors rush to withdraw their savings during a stock market crash, circa 1929. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Investors rush to withdraw their savings during a stock market crash, circa 1929. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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The 1929 Stock Market Crash

The stock market had been on a nine year run increasing profits tenfold. The market peaked at 381.17 on September 3, 1929 just 26 days before the crash.

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Statue Of Liberty
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Happy Birthday, Statue of Liberty

Having been born in the United States I can only imagine what European immigrants felt when Lady Liberty floated into view.

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