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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.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march near Times Square on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Protests are planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. today, as workers demand higher wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march near Times Square on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Protests are planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. today, as workers demand higher wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Are You Really Sure You Want A $15.00 Minimum Wage?

So if there is a $15 minimum wage, how much more are you willing to pay to enjoy your favorite McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, or Subway delicacies?

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EVERETT, WA - APRIL 05: A LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares for landing after a certification flight April 5, 2013 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The flight was the final certification test for the new battery system on 787, which has been grounded since January. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
EVERETT, WA - APRIL 05: A LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares for landing after a certification flight April 5, 2013 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The flight was the final certification test for the new battery system on 787, which has been grounded since January. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Flying

If you’ve been following the news you’ve heard of three planes being diverted to alternate airports when passengers got into to fights over reclining seats.

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(Photo by David De Lossy • Source: ThinkStock)
(Photo by David De Lossy • Source: ThinkStock)
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“Flying” Off The Handle

Three recent flights have been diverted to other airports because passengers got into physical fights over reclining seats.

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WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 07: Employees walk below automated conveyors moving partially-assembled Volkswagen Touran and Tiguan cars at the Volkswagen factory on March 7, 2012 in Wolfsburg, Germany. In 2011 Volkswagen achieved record results, with profits of EUR 15.8 million and production of over 8 million cars worldwide. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 07: Employees walk below automated conveyors moving partially-assembled Volkswagen Touran and Tiguan cars at the Volkswagen factory on March 7, 2012 in Wolfsburg, Germany. In 2011 Volkswagen achieved record results, with profits of EUR 15.8 million and production of over 8 million cars worldwide. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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If Automation Reduces Payroll, Why Aren’t Things Cheaper?

A single farmer can till and plant several times the acreage of a farmer 20 ago. But consider the cost of the equipment making that possible.

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COCONUT CREEK, FL - DECEMBER 17: A dealer works the blackjack table during the grand opening of the newest building at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on December 17, 2010 in Coconut Creek, Florida. The site offers up an additional 400-plus gaming positions, a new restaurant and a new venue with more space to gamble, dine and party. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
COCONUT CREEK, FL - DECEMBER 17: A dealer works the blackjack table during the grand opening of the newest building at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on December 17, 2010 in Coconut Creek, Florida. The site offers up an additional 400-plus gaming positions, a new restaurant and a new venue with more space to gamble, dine and party. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Was P.T. Barnum Talking About You?

Famous showman and circus promoter, P.T. Barnum, once supposedly remarked, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

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WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Acting U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro of the Government Accountability Office; Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board; Deputy Education Secretary Anthony Wilder Miller and Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari are sworn in before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee November 19, 2009 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on 'Tracking the Money: How Recovery Act Recipients Account for their Use of Stimulus Dollars. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Acting U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro of the Government Accountability Office; Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board; Deputy Education Secretary Anthony Wilder Miller and Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari are sworn in before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee November 19, 2009 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on 'Tracking the Money: How Recovery Act Recipients Account for their Use of Stimulus Dollars. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Transparency? Are You Kidding Me?

What exactly is transparency? In government and business terms it means you can only see through the parts we want you to see through.

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Saturday Swap Meet Hosted by Tom Egelhoff
Saturday Swap Meet Hosted by Tom Egelhoff
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New Items on Saturday Swap Meet Aug 30, 2014

Latest free listing of bargains from our listeners. What do you have to sell?

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Magician David Copperfield launches his first Australian tour in 10 years, 'David Copperfield � An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion', at Sheraton On The Park on August 8, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Magician David Copperfield launches his first Australian tour in 10 years, 'David Copperfield � An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion', at Sheraton On The Park on August 8, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Magic

How does David Copperfield make a jet plane disappear or walk through the Great Wall of China?

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 24: Afghan dogs fight as their owners try and monitor the sporting event November 24, 2006 in Kabul, Afghanistan. While the Afghan government is trying to ban the violent use of dogs for fighting, the unofficial sport remains a regular weekly event. Afghan dog fighting is popular among Afghan men who gamble on the dogs making upwards of 15,000 Afghanie (300 USD). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 24: Afghan dogs fight as their owners try and monitor the sporting event November 24, 2006 in Kabul, Afghanistan. While the Afghan government is trying to ban the violent use of dogs for fighting, the unofficial sport remains a regular weekly event. Afghan dog fighting is popular among Afghan men who gamble on the dogs making upwards of 15,000 Afghanie (300 USD). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Has Your Lost Dog Been Killed For Sport?

Many lost or missing dogs are not lost at all but stolen and killed in the training of fighting dogs for this brutal and cruel sport.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: An installation of 857 empty school desks, representing the number of students nationwide who are dropping out every hour of every school day, is on display at the National Mall June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The installation was presented by not-for-profit organization College Board to call upon presidential candidates who are running for the White House to make education a more prominent issue in the 2012 campaigns and put the nation’s schools back on track. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: An installation of 857 empty school desks, representing the number of students nationwide who are dropping out every hour of every school day, is on display at the National Mall June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The installation was presented by not-for-profit organization College Board to call upon presidential candidates who are running for the White House to make education a more prominent issue in the 2012 campaigns and put the nation’s schools back on track. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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What Stuff In This World is Worth Knowing?

We don’t know what we don’t know and we don’t know that we don’t know it. I better quit while I’m ahead.

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