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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.
MOUNT PROSPECT, IL - MAY 31: A worker pushes carts outside a Costco Wholesale store May 31, 2006 in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Third-quarter earnings reported today were up at Costco, the nation's largest warehouse club operator, although current oil prices affected margins at their associated gas stations. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
MOUNT PROSPECT, IL - MAY 31: A worker pushes carts outside a Costco Wholesale store May 31, 2006 in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Third-quarter earnings reported today were up at Costco, the nation's largest warehouse club operator, although current oil prices affected margins at their associated gas stations. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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Is Retail In America Changing?

JC Penny is in trouble. Linens & Things is gone, Circuit City is gone, Border’s Books is gone, and Mervyn’s is gone.

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GOLDEN, CO - OCTOBER 02: Jocelyn Wallen (L) and Bethany Keupp show off boxes of signed petitions during a recent board meeting at JEFFCO Public Schools on October 2, 2014 in Golden, Colorado. (Photo by Jason Bahr/Getty Images for MoveOn.org Civic Action)
GOLDEN, CO - OCTOBER 02: Jocelyn Wallen (L) and Bethany Keupp show off boxes of signed petitions during a recent board meeting at JEFFCO Public Schools on October 2, 2014 in Golden, Colorado. (Photo by Jason Bahr/Getty Images for MoveOn.org Civic Action)
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Does Your Voice Really Matter?

The next time you sign a petition you might want to think about where it might end up. Will your signature come back to bite you in the future?

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LUNEBURG, GERMANY - JULY 27: A female cashier weighs apples in a Supermarket on July 27, 2005 in Luneburg, Germany. Sparked by the election manifesto of the opposition party CDU, Germany currently debates wether raising the Mehrwertsteuer (VAT) would in fact promote economic growth or if it would have the opposite effect by hurting families and low-income households. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
LUNEBURG, GERMANY - JULY 27: A female cashier weighs apples in a Supermarket on July 27, 2005 in Luneburg, Germany. Sparked by the election manifesto of the opposition party CDU, Germany currently debates wether raising the Mehrwertsteuer (VAT) would in fact promote economic growth or if it would have the opposite effect by hurting families and low-income households. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Does Bozeman Need A Local Option Sales Tax?

The problems most of us have with taxes is that once the camel’s nose is in the tent it’s pretty hard not to let the rest in.

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Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images
Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images
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How Talk Radio Really Works

There is tremendous competition among talk radio stations to attract and sign exclusive rights to the top talk show hosts and they don’t work cheap.

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Photo Credit Catherine Jones • Source ThinkStock
Photo Credit Catherine Jones • Source ThinkStock
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My New Year Resolutions for Politicians

Since congress tells Americans what light bulbs to buy, or to stop using sprinkles on doughnuts I thought it would be fair to give them some direction too.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: Republican Study Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (2nd L) introduces the RSC's 'American Health Care Reform Act' during a press conference with other members of the committee as U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) (L), RSC Health Care Working Group Chairman Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN) (2nd R) and U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) looks on at the U.S. Capitol September 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Republican bill is intended to replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: Republican Study Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (2nd L) introduces the RSC's 'American Health Care Reform Act' during a press conference with other members of the committee as U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) (L), RSC Health Care Working Group Chairman Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN) (2nd R) and U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) looks on at the U.S. Capitol September 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Republican bill is intended to replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Free Speech — Can It Cost You?

What if I was invited to speak to such a group about business issues? Should I turn that down simply because I don’t agree or think as they do? Why?

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: (L-R) President of Countdown Entertainment, Jeffrey Straus, TV Personality Allison Hagendorf, Spider-Man, director Marc Webb and President of the Times Square Alliance, Tim Tompkins attend the 2014 New Year's Eve Confetti Test at Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on December 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: (L-R) President of Countdown Entertainment, Jeffrey Straus, TV Personality Allison Hagendorf, Spider-Man, director Marc Webb and President of the Times Square Alliance, Tim Tompkins attend the 2014 New Year's Eve Confetti Test at Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on December 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About New Year’s Resolutions

Like many of you I look at the past year and reflect on things that I might have done differently or things in my life that I could have improved.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: A general view of atmosphere during New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on December 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: A general view of atmosphere during New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on December 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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Happy New Year — 2015!!

Human Knowledge doubles every 13 months. Using that theory we should be twice as smart next December as we are today. Other than Congress of course.

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