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Purchasing two portable computers has made all the difference for Ken Levitt, owner of Mexican Accent Inc. in New Berlin, Wisconsin. A manufacturer of tortillas and tortilla chips, the 47-year-old entrepreneur was looking for a way to help him compete with the big guys. The answer: Giving multimedia presentations on the road via laptop computer. Levitt estimates his closing sales have tripled since acquiring portable computers more than a year ago. "They've been a very powerful sales tool for us," he says.

As more small-business owners realize how portable computing can improve sales, boost customer service and maximize their productivity on the road, the real question is how to get started?

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