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You don't have time to coddle your laptop when you're busy being a road warrior. The Hewlett-Packard EliteBook 2530p starts at $1,549 and sports a tough exterior casing designed to hold up to your on-the-go demands. There's an option for a convenient built-in optical drive so you don't have to leave your CDs and DVDs behind when you travel. It weighs about 3.2 pounds with a 12.1-inch display, making it a smart choice for portability.

You lust after all those handy iPhone business applications, but you're already committed to another cell phone and service provider. No problem, just pick up a second-generation Apple iPod Touch. With built-in Wi-Fi, e-mail support, Safari web browser, a speaker, maps and a calendar in a super sleek package, you'll be working in style. The real star of the show is your access to the ever-expanding iTunes App Store. The 16GB version will cost you $299.

Business-focused social networking provider Yammer took home the prestigious top prize in the TechCrunch50 startup show in 2008. Yammer is like Twitter for businesses. When you launch your startup network, your employees can keep track of what others are working on, start discussions, post news and keep an archive of messages. BlackBerry, SMS and iPhone support are big pluses. It's a user-friendly way to integrate business social networking into your new company. The basic service is free.


BrightTalk lets you create your own free live, interactive webcasts. You can share them with an unlimited number of viewers, keep track of your attendance and automatically record all of your webcasts. The Starter Channel is free and features three live webcasts in the first month and then one per month after that. Premium Channels cost $949 per month with unlimited webcasts per month.

This internet phone service can set you up with a toll-free or local area number that will forward all your calls to your cell phone, office or PC. You can also use it to send and receive faxes, and the online control center lets you regulate how calls are routed depending on the time of day, who's calling and what number he's using. From $9.99 a month
With everything from administrative support to creative solutions, such as logo and web design, seeks to help small and midsize businesses with their outsourcing needs. You can e-mail or submit an online form for a quick quote and you'll be contacted within 24 hours.

--James Park

Edition: July 2017

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