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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.
United States Army soldiers toast each other before eating Christmas dinner December 25, 2001 at Bagram Air Force Base in Kabul, Afghanistan. Many soldiers were able to call home on satellite phones to send holiday greetings to their families. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
United States Army soldiers toast each other before eating Christmas dinner December 25, 2001 at Bagram Air Force Base in Kabul, Afghanistan. Many soldiers were able to call home on satellite phones to send holiday greetings to their families. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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My Most Memorable Christmas

While we don’t always act very Christian to each other on a daily basis, Christmas is the time that encourages us to be more tolerant of each others feelings and beliefs.

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A shopper pays cash for sales merchandise December 26, 2000 at the Lakeline Mall in Austin, Texas. Stores were hoping that after Christmas shopping could salvage what seems to be a disappointing holiday season. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
A shopper pays cash for sales merchandise December 26, 2000 at the Lakeline Mall in Austin, Texas. Stores were hoping that after Christmas shopping could salvage what seems to be a disappointing holiday season. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
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How to Handle Money In 2015

How well did you handle your money in 2014? Were you living paycheck to paycheck? Falling behind in paying bills or paying them late?

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: A doctor at the Accident and Emergency department of the recently opened Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital on February 7, 2011 in Birmingham, England. The new Queen Elizabeth Hospital accommodates 1,213 beds and 30 operating theatres. The super hospital has a 100-bed intensive care unit - the largest in Europe - and the largest single floor critical care unit in the world. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: A doctor at the Accident and Emergency department of the recently opened Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital on February 7, 2011 in Birmingham, England. The new Queen Elizabeth Hospital accommodates 1,213 beds and 30 operating theatres. The super hospital has a 100-bed intensive care unit - the largest in Europe - and the largest single floor critical care unit in the world. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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How to Talk to Your Doctor

With the growing changes in healthcare more of the burden for the kind of care you receive is in your hands as much as your healthcare provider.

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NEW YORK - MAY 20: New York City Police officers stand at the scene of a shooting on Sixth Avenue between 47th and 48th streets May 20, 2004 in New York City. The shooting occurred while Sixth Avenue was already closed by a fire on 50th Street. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 20: New York City Police officers stand at the scene of a shooting on Sixth Avenue between 47th and 48th streets May 20, 2004 in New York City. The shooting occurred while Sixth Avenue was already closed by a fire on 50th Street. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
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Have We Lost Law and Order In America?

One race sees justice denied while others see justice confirmed. But regardless of evidence, deliberation or verdicts two people are dead who should not be.

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A Promotional Blimp Carrying The Rolling Stones Lands Before The Press Conference To Announce Their 2002-2003 World Tour May 7, 2002 In New York City's Van Cortlandt Park. (Photo By Keith Bedford/Getty Images)
A Promotional Blimp Carrying The Rolling Stones Lands Before The Press Conference To Announce Their 2002-2003 World Tour May 7, 2002 In New York City's Van Cortlandt Park. (Photo By Keith Bedford/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Advertising

Unless you go completely off the grid there is no way of escaping advertising in our 24/7/356 sound bite world.

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WASHINGTON - MARCH 24: Protestors carry signs outside the Supreme Court in favor of the current Pledge of Allegiance March 24, 2004 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court will hear an argument by Mike Newdow, which states that the phrase 'under God' should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. (Photo by Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 24: Protestors carry signs outside the Supreme Court in favor of the current Pledge of Allegiance March 24, 2004 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court will hear an argument by Mike Newdow, which states that the phrase 'under God' should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. (Photo by Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)
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Tom’s Opinion: Does God Exist?

Does God exist? For some the answer is easy for others there are various levels of suspicion, doubt, or outright denial. So who’s right?

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: People, mostly union and retired city workers, protest in front of the U.S. Courthouse where Detroit's bankruptcy eligibility trial began this morning October 23, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. A federal judge will decide if the City of Detroit is even eligible to be in bankruptcy court. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: People, mostly union and retired city workers, protest in front of the U.S. Courthouse where Detroit's bankruptcy eligibility trial began this morning October 23, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. A federal judge will decide if the City of Detroit is even eligible to be in bankruptcy court. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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How Much Money Will You Need To Retire?

How much money will you need to have in some form of retirement account to maintain or increase your current standard of living?

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PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 11: Blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility February 11, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As U.S. President George W. Bush travels the country to stump for his plan to change the Social Security system, opposition continues from some members of Congress and senior citizen groups concerned that the proposal would erode guarantees to the federal retirement program. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 11: Blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility February 11, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As U.S. President George W. Bush travels the country to stump for his plan to change the Social Security system, opposition continues from some members of Congress and senior citizen groups concerned that the proposal would erode guarantees to the federal retirement program. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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Can Social Security Be Saved?

Fill in the blank. “Social Security will run out of money in the year _______?” This question has no easy answer due to our economy.

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WHITEFISH, MT - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of atmosphere during the Black Star Beer Barter 2012 on February 4, 2012 in Whitefish, Montana. (Photo by Craig Moore/Getty Images for Black Star Beer)
WHITEFISH, MT - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of atmosphere during the Black Star Beer Barter 2012 on February 4, 2012 in Whitefish, Montana. (Photo by Craig Moore/Getty Images for Black Star Beer)
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Tom’s Opinion: The Montana Legislature Dress Code

It’s unfortunate we have to resort to unnecessary regulations for our leaders to take pride in their appearance while doing the work of the people of Montana.

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Photo by VOLODYMYR GRINKO - Source ThinkStock
Photo by VOLODYMYR GRINKO - Source ThinkStock
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Friday Fun Facts About Fun Facts

The inventor of Doritos requested that a bag be buried with him. I’m sure they will still be good if he’s ever exhumed.

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