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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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: The crowd wait for Punxsutawney Phil to come from his den on the 126th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2012 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The groundhog saw his shadow, revealing that there would be 6 more weeks of winter. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 18,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: The crowd wait for Punxsutawney Phil to come from his den on the 126th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2012 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The groundhog saw his shadow, revealing that there would be 6 more weeks of winter. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 18,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
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Ground Hog Day? Not in Montana

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Every year on February 2nd all the TV talking heads show up in Punxsutawney, PA to witness the weather-prognosticating rodent, Punxsutawney Phil.

People have been buying into this yearly scam since the 18-1900s.

The only good th

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PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 28: People walk past the logo for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in an NFL fan on January 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 28: People walk past the logo for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in an NFL fan on January 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Super Bowl Sunday

The Seattle Seahawks suit up against the New England Patriots. And advertisers are lined up to shell out $4.5 million for a 30-second ad.

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Director George Lucas presents the film 'Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope' at AFI's 40th Anniversary celebration presented by Target held at Arclight Cinemas on October 3, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for AFI)
Director George Lucas presents the film 'Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope' at AFI's 40th Anniversary celebration presented by Target held at Arclight Cinemas on October 3, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for AFI)
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Some Really Dumb Business Decisions

Here are some examples showing that the smartest people on the planet are just as dumb as you and me when it comes to making smart business decisions.

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MCLEAN, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 23: Traffic converges on highway I-495 South just west of the nation's capital on one of the busiest travel days of the year November 23, 2011 in McLean, Virginia. The American Automobile Association projects that 42.5 million people are likely to drive, fly, or take the train to their Thanksgiving gatherings, the largest number since the beginning of the recession. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
MCLEAN, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 23: Traffic converges on highway I-495 South just west of the nation's capital on one of the busiest travel days of the year November 23, 2011 in McLean, Virginia. The American Automobile Association projects that 42.5 million people are likely to drive, fly, or take the train to their Thanksgiving gatherings, the largest number since the beginning of the recession. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Are Car Companies Acting Responsibly?

Gas mileage, safety issues, recalls, pollution, the list never ends. So what is the automobile manufacturer’s responsibility to the general public?

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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)
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)
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What The Rich Do That You Don’t

Define “rich.” Being a millionaire or billionaire? Or is rich being able to live your life on your terms?

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FEBRUARY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Facing a divided Congress, Obama concentrated his speech on new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and said, 'It�s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth'. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
FEBRUARY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Facing a divided Congress, Obama concentrated his speech on new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and said, 'It�s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth'. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About The State of the Union

Three Media Darlings – Calvin Coolidge did the first radio address in 1923, Harry Truman the first TV version in 1947, and George W. Bush did the first webcast in 2002.

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Credit: Philip Lange • Source: ThinkStock
Credit: Philip Lange • Source: ThinkStock
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Sorry, I Don’t Feel Your Pain

Look around you. Do you feel the pain? What pain you might ask? Why the pain of government of course.Don’t worry I don’t feel it either.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 28, 2014 in New York City. The Dow Jones industrial avererage was up over 100 points in afternoon trading. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 28, 2014 in New York City. The Dow Jones industrial avererage was up over 100 points in afternoon trading. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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The Myth That Investing is Gambling

Make a $5,000 investment in a Roth IRA for your 19-year-old and never touched it again until age 72. How much would there be in that account?

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