Customer Testimonials

Below are some comments from some of Tom's many satisfied clients and professional associates:

"I attended a seminar you presented at the UAA/Alaska BizFair a few years ago, when I was fairly new in my own business. Business had been fairly slow up to that point and I was at that critical stage of wondering if I would really be able to make a go of it.

I took a lot of notes at the seminar, and also purchased your two books while there. I took the books home and read them. Then I re-read them, and re-re-read them; I guess you could say they became my Bibles of business.

Anyway to make a long story short: By following your advice, I have been able to grow my business by well over 100% each year since then, each year better than the previous.

In 2005 my business grew more than 189% compared to 2004. Of course I am now making quite a lot more by being self-employed than if I had stayed in my old job. I still re-read your books every few months or when I need more inspiration or ideas, or just to review.

Others have asked me about the secret to my success in a field where so many others fail, and I tell them about your seminars and books because I truly believe I would not be where I am today if I had not attended that seminar."

Once again, thanks!


Anne Pyles
1-2-Wonder Web Services

"Thank you for participating in the Fifth Annual Rural Business Conference. I appreciate the knowledge and expertise you brought to our breakout sessions.

Your willingness to participate as a presenter was a key contribution to the success of this event. The ideas you shared will be a catalyst for the future business plans and economic development efforts of Utah's entrepreneurs and leaders."

Robert F. Bennett,
United States Senator State of Utah

"On behalf of the UAA Small Business Development Center and all the co-sponsors of this year's Biz Fair, thank you for your participation as Keynote Speaker for our second annual event. We feel very strongly that the success of this event was due in large part to your keynote address and the presentation of marketing information that so many are interested in learning about.

We'd also like to thank you for your participation at the Advertising seminar at the Marriott Anchorage Downtown on Monday. We are pleased your schedule allowed for you to be in Anchorage for the two events."

Jerry D. Anderson, Director,
Alaska Small Business Development Center, Anchorage, Alaska

"I just wanted to take the opportunity to say "thanks" on behalf of MERA and our entire membership for your willingness and ability to present at the recent KnowledgeFest in Nashville, Tennessee. Your contributions to the educational programming that MERA provides are highly valued, and we appreciate your assistance. The great success of the event would not have been possible without the diverse knowledge that all our speakers are willing to share.

In the weeks after the event the MERA staff has spoken to several attendees. In every case, the comments have been positive about the educational material presented at the event. For that you are responsible and we thank you."

Amy Thornburg, Operations Manager,
The Mobile Electronic Retailers Association

"On behalf of our Board of Directors, please convey our appreciation to the other members of The Montana Speakers Network, Inc. for your contribution to the success of our recent meeting. We had several positive comments about the group and your participation with us.

Some spoke of their appreciation for your fellow speakers and their interesting "teaser talks" at dinner. Still others added their agreement to the compliments paid to your presentations, which were offered as you spoke briefly to our group at the morning business meeting. We should talk again about plugging the Network into our luncheon schedule for the coming year."

Steven C. Yeakel,
Montana Society of Association Executives, Helena, MT

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"I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your presentation of "25 Ways To Bring In The Business" and "How Customer Service Can Actually Hurt Your Business." We have quite a diverse group of florists, and you seemed to have something for everyone. Your down to earth concepts really struck home, and we went away with many practical and inexpensive ideas! Throughout the presentations, your mix of humor with the more serious sides of the topics kept people enthused. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge with us!"

Bonnie Weber, President,
Montana Florists Association

"Thank you for participating in the SBA's "Body, Mind & Business" statewide conference for women in September. In reviewing the evaluations from the conference you were a big hit! My only regret is that I didn't allow more time for your presentation. You provided invaluable advertising tips for many who often operate with a very limited budget (if any). Your real life experiences and wonderful sense of humor kept the audience engaged and thirsting for more!

Again, thank you for your participation and for helping make this conference a huge success! I hope you'll consider participating in future SBA events."

Lorena Carlson, Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration

"Thank you for the presentation you gave to the participants at the 23rd Annual Young Couples Conference. The couples stated they were pleased to have you as a guest speaker and felt that your information was interesting and helpful. Congratulations on a job well done!"

Ralph Peck, Director
Montana Deptartment of Agriculture

“Tom is a wonderful speaker and human being. He makes you feel so comfortable and as if you are visiting with a true friend who cares about your business. His knowledge and skill are excellent, but what makes you like him is that he is a likeable person. You will be glad that you hired Tom because he knows his stuff. You will also list Tom as a friend, just as I do. If you need additional information, please contact me at the following numbers."

Judy H. Wright
aka Auntie Artichoke, family relationship coach and author phone: 406-549-9813

“Tom Egelhoff 's recommendations were key to helping me launch my speaker business in 2005. Tom taught me the value and potential of writing articles to establish my expertise and to draw web traffic to my speaker listing. Tom founded Montana Speakers Network, where I promoted my speaker services with a single page listing. Three years later I met the qualifications to be a member of National Speakers Association. I contribute my speaker success to the strong start Tom so generously provided me.”

Lois McElravy - Keynote Speaker / Trainer,
Lessons from Lois

“I've had the opportunity and privilege of working with Tom on several occasions. He is very helpful, knowledgeable and makes himself available if you ever need business advice or guidance. I highly recommend Tom for all your small business needs or questions.”

Brandi Cernohlavek, ASP, IAHSP
Owner, Centre Staging

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“Tom is knowledgeable about marketing, he provided many great hints and tips that I could accomplish to expand my small business. I noticed immediate results after implementing his suggestions. I would recommend anyone looking to expand their small business contact Tom.”

Shasta McLaughlin

“Tom is a gem in the small business marketing sector. I've worked with Tom on several projects and his expertise on helping small businesses get a grasp on how to market their business is excellent. An author, radio personality and teacher, Tom's expertise is well known.”

Chris Syme Founder/Principal, - social media and crisis communications

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