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Open for Business with Tom Egelhoff

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 recently appeared on MSNBC on the show Your Business to talk about small business issues. Tom has been featured 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.

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Sa 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Announcer Posts

GLEN COE, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 18: A skier enjoys the conditions at Glen Coe ski centre on January 18, 2009 in Glen Coe, Scotland. Scottish ski centres have been having one of their best starts to the season in more than a decade with one resort being unable to open due to much snow. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLEN COE, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 18: A skier enjoys the conditions at Glen Coe ski centre on January 18, 2009 in Glen Coe, Scotland. Scottish ski centres have been having one of their best starts to the season in more than a decade with one resort being unable to open due to much snow. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Skiing

Italian skier Simone Origone holds the worlds record for the fastest downhill ski speed of 156.2 miles per hour.

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HAMBURG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: A woman checks out the offerings of a jeweler on December 9, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. According to a recent study people in Germany will spend over EUR 70 billion this Christmas season on gifts, food, travel and decorations, of which they will spend EUR 10 billion online. (Photo by Philipp Guelland/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: A woman checks out the offerings of a jeweler on December 9, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. According to a recent study people in Germany will spend over EUR 70 billion this Christmas season on gifts, food, travel and decorations, of which they will spend EUR 10 billion online. (Photo by Philipp Guelland/Getty Images)
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Too Much Month — Not Enough Money

Money can produce more money without you doing anything. It’s really an amazing thing.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Singer and former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes performs on stage at the first Sydney show of his 'Time Machine' tour at the State Theatre on October 17, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. His first solo national tour in more than three years, the tour is in support of his third album 'This Delicate Thing We've Made'. (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Singer and former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes performs on stage at the first Sydney show of his 'Time Machine' tour at the State Theatre on October 17, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. His first solo national tour in more than three years, the tour is in support of his third album 'This Delicate Thing We've Made'. (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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Second Guessing Never Works

“What if…?” We’ve all wondered how our lives would be different if we had made better or different decisions in our past.

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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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What Is Money?

I remember thinking to myself, “Is nine dollars a good price for two pretty good sized jars of peanut butter?”

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: Atmospheric physicist and Columbia University Earth Institute adjunct professor James Hansen testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from proponents and opponents of the pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the United States for production and refinery. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: Atmospheric physicist and Columbia University Earth Institute adjunct professor James Hansen testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from proponents and opponents of the pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the United States for production and refinery. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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What Does The Keystone Pipeline Mean To Montana?

The Keystone Pipeline being proposed will be the safest pipeline ever constructed in the US...

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DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 6 : Snow plows clear several inches of snow and drop salt along Woodward Avenue as the area deals with record breaking freezing weather January 6, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Michigan and most of the Midwest received their first major snow storm of 2014 last week and subzero temperatures are expected most of this week with wind-chill driving temperatures down to 50-70 degrees below zero. A 'polar vortex' weather pattern is bringing some of the coldest weather the U.S. has had in almost 20 years. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 6 : Snow plows clear several inches of snow and drop salt along Woodward Avenue as the area deals with record breaking freezing weather January 6, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Michigan and most of the Midwest received their first major snow storm of 2014 last week and subzero temperatures are expected most of this week with wind-chill driving temperatures down to 50-70 degrees below zero. A 'polar vortex' weather pattern is bringing some of the coldest weather the U.S. has had in almost 20 years. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Staying WARM!

For those of you who have decided to spend another winter in “The Last Best Place on Earth,” here are some tips to make the cold temps in Montana more palatable.

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POMPANO BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 08: Signs advertising $10 dollar toys are seen in the toy department of a Wal-Mart store October 8, 2009 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Wal-Mart stores, Inc. announced recently that it would be bringing back its $10 toys section in all stores as they gear up for the holiday shopping season and will expand its $10 holiday assortment this year to more than 100 toys. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 08: Signs advertising $10 dollar toys are seen in the toy department of a Wal-Mart store October 8, 2009 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Wal-Mart stores, Inc. announced recently that it would be bringing back its $10 toys section in all stores as they gear up for the holiday shopping season and will expand its $10 holiday assortment this year to more than 100 toys. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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I Love Christmas, But NOT YET!!

There’s something magical about watching two women going to blows over the last remaining sale item that says “Merry Christmas” to me. How bout’ you?

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WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 28: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation member, Byron Dorgan (D-ND), holds up a Government Accounting Office report during his opening statement on Capitol Hill February 28, 2006 in Washington, DC. The committe held a hearing about the United Arab Emirates-based company Dubai Ports World's take over of the managment of several terminals in the ports of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami and New Orleans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 28: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation member, Byron Dorgan (D-ND), holds up a Government Accounting Office report during his opening statement on Capitol Hill February 28, 2006 in Washington, DC. The committe held a hearing about the United Arab Emirates-based company Dubai Ports World's take over of the managment of several terminals in the ports of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami and New Orleans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Is It Time For A Government Accounting?

Whenever something happens in government the Senate and House waste no time is appointing committees or the famous “blue ribbon panels.”

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LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 4: U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) celebrates with Dr. Noelle Hunter at his election night event November 4, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 4: U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) celebrates with Dr. Noelle Hunter at his election night event November 4, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
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TV Networks And Election Results

Networks battle to be the first to call the hot political races. I wonder what effect this has on other areas of the country where polls have not yet closed?

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Pentagon Principal Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Alan Estevez testifies about military equipment given to local law enforcement departments by the federal government during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing about at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. In the wake of the Ferguson, MO, police response to peaceful protests, senators on the committee were critical of the federal grant programs that allow local and state law enforcement agencies to buy armored vehicles, assult rifles, body armor and other military equipment. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Pentagon Principal Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Alan Estevez testifies about military equipment given to local law enforcement departments by the federal government during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing about at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. In the wake of the Ferguson, MO, police response to peaceful protests, senators on the committee were critical of the federal grant programs that allow local and state law enforcement agencies to buy armored vehicles, assult rifles, body armor and other military equipment. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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How Much Government Is TOO Much Government?

We pay for a lot of government. Over $3 trillion each year just the run the basic stuff — then we borrow billions more to fill in the gaps.

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