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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.
BERLIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Fourth-grade students read books in the elementary school at the John F. Kennedy Schule dual-language public school on September 18, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. The German government will host a summit on education in Germany scheduled for mid-October in Dresden. Germany has consistantly fallen behind in recent years in comparison to other European countries in the Pisa education surveys, and Education Minister Annette Schavan is pushing for an 8 percent increase in the national educaiton budget for 2009. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Fourth-grade students read books in the elementary school at the John F. Kennedy Schule dual-language public school on September 18, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. The German government will host a summit on education in Germany scheduled for mid-October in Dresden. Germany has consistantly fallen behind in recent years in comparison to other European countries in the Pisa education surveys, and Education Minister Annette Schavan is pushing for an 8 percent increase in the national educaiton budget for 2009. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Life Picks You; You Don’t Get To Pick It

Things like drive, ambition and initiative are not taught in school but often surface when and idea presents itself.

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(Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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Will Your Dollar Buy What You Want?

What’s a dollar worth these days? What most people think is that a dollar no longer buys what it used to. But is that accurate?

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 25: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara, James Hinchcliffe, driver of the #27 Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara, and Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy's Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Dallara, lead the field to start the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 25: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara, James Hinchcliffe, driver of the #27 Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara, and Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy's Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Dallara, lead the field to start the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Indiana

Since Indiana has been prominent in the news lately I thought we might take a few minutes to learn more about the Hoosier State.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pence spoke about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has been condemned by business leaders and Democrats. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pence spoke about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has been condemned by business leaders and Democrats. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
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Tom’s Opinion on Indiana

Boycotts hurt employees more than owners and are most often used as nothing more than to send some form of self-perceived, politically correct message.

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SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 05: Piggy banks sit on the shelf at the After The Quake store February 5, 2009 in San Francisco, California. As the global economy continues to falter and people lose confidence in traditional banks, piggy banks and money boxes are gaining popularity as people are starting to save their money at home. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 05: Piggy banks sit on the shelf at the After The Quake store February 5, 2009 in San Francisco, California. As the global economy continues to falter and people lose confidence in traditional banks, piggy banks and money boxes are gaining popularity as people are starting to save their money at home. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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How Much Are You Saving?

Money management is a struggle for many families in today’s economy. In spite of signs of improvement many families are still living paycheck to paycheck.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: In this photo illustration an Apple iPad displays it's home screen on August 6, 2014 in London, England. iPad maker Apple is selling fewer units than in the same quarter in 2013, it is reported. (Photo illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: In this photo illustration an Apple iPad displays it's home screen on August 6, 2014 in London, England. iPad maker Apple is selling fewer units than in the same quarter in 2013, it is reported. (Photo illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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If You’re Not Using Social Media …

There are a lot of people who dismiss social media as a fad, addiction, useless, overblown, overhyped, self-serving, and over used.

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Our front yard flower bed - Photo by Tom Egelhoff
Our front yard flower bed - Photo by Tom Egelhoff
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Spring Already? Are You Kidding ME?

Spring arrives and I have to mow once a week. Digging, planting, raking, watering, string trimming — it never ends.

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The solar system's largest moon, Ganymede, is captured here alongside the planet Jupiter in this picture taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, December 3, 2000. Ganymede is larger than the planets Mercury and Pluto and Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Both Ganymede and Titan have greater surface area than the entire Eurasian continent on our planet. Cassini was 26.5 million kilometers (16.5 million miles) from Ganymede when this image was taken. The smallest visible features are about 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) across. (Photo courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers - Getty Images)
The solar system's largest moon, Ganymede, is captured here alongside the planet Jupiter in this picture taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, December 3, 2000. Ganymede is larger than the planets Mercury and Pluto and Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Both Ganymede and Titan have greater surface area than the entire Eurasian continent on our planet. Cassini was 26.5 million kilometers (16.5 million miles) from Ganymede when this image was taken. The smallest visible features are about 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) across. (Photo courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers - Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts: Is Life Possible on Jupiter’s Moon?

A recent news story suggests that planetary scientists believe that one of the moons orbiting Jupiter may have more water than earth and could support some life form.

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President Clinton draws a downward line on a chart, unveiling his budget for the year 2013 February 7, 2000. The President is sending Congress a $1.84 trillion farewell budget with surpluses that he proposes using to wipe out the government public debt, provide modest tax cuts and greatly expand government health care. (Photo by Mark Wilson)
President Clinton draws a downward line on a chart, unveiling his budget for the year 2013 February 7, 2000. The President is sending Congress a $1.84 trillion farewell budget with surpluses that he proposes using to wipe out the government public debt, provide modest tax cuts and greatly expand government health care. (Photo by Mark Wilson)
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Are You Making These Debt Reduction Mistakes?

A low credit rating can have an adverse affect on home and car loans, car and home insurance rates, and rental housing costs.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: People walk past an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) station, more commonly known as Food Stamps, in the GrowNYC Greenmarket in Union Square on September 18, 2013 in New York City. According to a Gallup poll released earlier this month, 20% of American adults struggled to buy enough food at some point in the last year. The rate of hungry people in America has gone relatively unchanged since 2008, suggesting the economic recovery since the 2008 recession may be disproportionately affecting the wealthy. More than 50 of GrowNYC's Greenmarket's now accept EBT; over $800,000 in sales were complete with EBT payment at the Greenmarket's in 2012. GrowNYC is also currently offering a program known as Health Bucks: for ever $5 spent using EBT at a Greenmarket, GrowNYC provides an additional $2, which can be spent specifically on fresh fruits and vegetables. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: People walk past an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) station, more commonly known as Food Stamps, in the GrowNYC Greenmarket in Union Square on September 18, 2013 in New York City. According to a Gallup poll released earlier this month, 20% of American adults struggled to buy enough food at some point in the last year. The rate of hungry people in America has gone relatively unchanged since 2008, suggesting the economic recovery since the 2008 recession may be disproportionately affecting the wealthy. More than 50 of GrowNYC's Greenmarket's now accept EBT; over $800,000 in sales were complete with EBT payment at the Greenmarket's in 2012. GrowNYC is also currently offering a program known as Health Bucks: for ever $5 spent using EBT at a Greenmarket, GrowNYC provides an additional $2, which can be spent specifically on fresh fruits and vegetables. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Have We Become A Nation of Enablers?

In the context of an alcoholic, and enabler often makes it easier for the addicted person to continue their unhealthy and destructive lifestyle.

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