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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.
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How To Write And Speak Good

There are many words we use that sound alike, or are similar in spelling, that are not interchangeable. For example ...

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WESTPORT, CT - SEPTEMBER 18: A man drives his antique car during an auto show of rare and luxury vehicles on September 18, 2011 in Westport, Connecticut. Despite some of the poorest cities in the country, Connecticut has the third highest average median income at $64,644 in America. Nationally the Census data shows that the numbers of the poor have risen to a record 46.2 million -- amounting to nearly 1 in 6 Americans. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).
WESTPORT, CT - SEPTEMBER 18: A man drives his antique car during an auto show of rare and luxury vehicles on September 18, 2011 in Westport, Connecticut. Despite some of the poorest cities in the country, Connecticut has the third highest average median income at $64,644 in America. Nationally the Census data shows that the numbers of the poor have risen to a record 46.2 million -- amounting to nearly 1 in 6 Americans. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).
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Job Creation: Thank The Rich

With unemployment numbers going down each month there is still a valid concern among American workers about where the jobs are and who actually creates them.

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: An ice sculpture reading Middle Class is displayed as people gather to protest before the beginning of the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The convention starts the week of August 27th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: An ice sculpture reading Middle Class is displayed as people gather to protest before the beginning of the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The convention starts the week of August 27th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Has Anyone Seen The Middle Class? They Seem To Be Missing

The census defines the median household income at $51,017 or a little over $24.00/hr. Individual median income in 2014 is $28,595 or about $27.00/hr.

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A selection of credit and bank cards, along with a green British Telecom phone card, 1986. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A selection of credit and bank cards, along with a green British Telecom phone card, 1986. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Credit Cards

Always pay more than the minimum when paying your credit card bill and pay them off in full each month if you can.

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OAK BROOK, IL - MAY 21: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The demonstrators were calling on McDonalds to pay a minimum wage of $15-per-hour and offer better working conditions for their employees. McDonald's is scheduled to hold its annual shareholders meeting tomorrow at the campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
OAK BROOK, IL - MAY 21: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The demonstrators were calling on McDonalds to pay a minimum wage of $15-per-hour and offer better working conditions for their employees. McDonald's is scheduled to hold its annual shareholders meeting tomorrow at the campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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OK, You’re Getting $15 An Hour; What Am I Getting?

As the Christmas shopping season accelerates the demand for higher wages continues. The two principal targets are McDonald’s and Walmart.

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on September 23, 2011 in New York City. U.S. markets faced another volatile day amidst fears about economic growth in Europe. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on September 23, 2011 in New York City. U.S. markets faced another volatile day amidst fears about economic growth in Europe. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
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Who Really Grows Economic Recovery?

Consumers spend more money buying Halloween candy ($2 billion) than was spent in the most recent election.

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POMPANO BEACH, FL - JUNE 03: Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter on June 3, 2011 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Employers in May added 54,000 jobs, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - JUNE 03: Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter on June 3, 2011 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Employers in May added 54,000 jobs, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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What Do The Unemployment Numbers Really Mean?

As of last Friday the reported unemployment rate is 5.8%. What does that really mean? Who’s counted and who’s not?

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FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 16: People loot the Ferguson Market and Liquor store on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Several businesses were looted as police held their position nearby. Violent outbreaks have taken place almost daily in Ferguson since the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 16: People loot the Ferguson Market and Liquor store on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Several businesses were looted as police held their position nearby. Violent outbreaks have taken place almost daily in Ferguson since the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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The Business of Ferguson, Missouri

The growing question is one similar to what Detroit has been facing recently. Why spend one more minute in this dying city?

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FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Shoppers Jeri Hull (L) and Karen Brashear (R) wait in line while shopping at Toys'R'Us during the Black Friday sales event on November 27, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. Toys'R'Us stores nationwide opened at midnight Thursday, November 26, providing shoppers access to its Black Friday deals five hours earlier than ever before. According to the National Retail Federation, a trade organization, as many as 134 million people, 4.7% more than last year, will shop this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Shoppers Jeri Hull (L) and Karen Brashear (R) wait in line while shopping at Toys'R'Us during the Black Friday sales event on November 27, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. Toys'R'Us stores nationwide opened at midnight Thursday, November 26, providing shoppers access to its Black Friday deals five hours earlier than ever before. According to the National Retail Federation, a trade organization, as many as 134 million people, 4.7% more than last year, will shop this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About “Black Friday”

I don’t know about you but watching two middle aged women fighting over the last sale item says Merry Christmas to me.

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KHOST, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 27: US military personnel enjoy a special meal in celebration of America's annual Thanksgiving Day tradition in the dining hall at the US military forward operating base (FOB) Camp Salerno near Khost on November 27, 2008 in the south eastern province of Khowst, Afghanistan. Today in Kabul a car bomb amongst rush hour traffic near the US Embassy killed 4 people and injured 17. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
KHOST, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 27: US military personnel enjoy a special meal in celebration of America's annual Thanksgiving Day tradition in the dining hall at the US military forward operating base (FOB) Camp Salerno near Khost on November 27, 2008 in the south eastern province of Khowst, Afghanistan. Today in Kabul a car bomb amongst rush hour traffic near the US Embassy killed 4 people and injured 17. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Titillating Tidbits About Turkeys and Thanksgiving

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Let the shopping frenzy begin. Thanksgiving Day. What are you thankful for this year? Was it the year you thought it wo

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