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by Natalie Marra

Office Supplies: Tech That Fits
The modern workplace is a fast-paced world where gadgets have to fit in bags and pockets to be useful. Shrinking down in size while expanding in power, this month’s picks are proof that good things really do come in small packages.

In the Ring
Never there when you need them, USB drives tend to get lost in the shuffle. Enter the LaCie CooKey, a USB drive that looks and feels like a key. The CooKey holds up to 64GB and it easily fits on your key ring so you never have to dig through your bag again., $44.99

Loud & Clear
Sony’s SRS-BTX500 Premium Wireless BlueTooth Speaker works overtime to make your office run as smoothly as possible. The BTX500 Speaker is designed to connect easily to BlueTooth, making your conference calls headache free and crystal clear while also charging other devices with built-in USB ports., $299

Happy Together
The quartet of the Chromebox, an HD camera, microphone/speaker and remote with full QWERTY keyboard join forces with an Intel Core i7 processor to create Google’s new Chromebox for Meetings (pictured), which allows you to seamlessly switch between video meetings and presentations, and helps you to collaborate anywhere and anytime through Google+ Hangouts., starting at $999

On The Books: Change Is Good
These books seek to solve the challenges that come along when taking new directions in business. From creating a startup to modifying your office vocab, this month’s picks will help make the hard things a little easier.

Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time
Bill McGowan knows that communication is key to success and provides professional tips on when to talk and what to say to make you pitch perfect in the office. (HarperBusiness, April 2014, $27.99)

The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
Based on his experiences while traveling, Adam Braun uncovers the harmony between business and philanthropy that comes from discovering individual purpose. (Scribner, March 2014, $25)

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building A Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Tackling the issues of startup companies and how to achieve success, Ben Horowitz gives invaluable advice to upcoming entrepreneurs based on his experiences in Silicon Valley. (HarperBusiness, March 2014, $29.99)

Crunching Numbers

225: Number of Staples stores that will close by the end of next year, another sign of the steady increase in online sales for business supplies

$230 million: Cost of the plan recently unveiled by Moonbeam Capital Investments to redevelop the Burlington Center Mall

$45 BILLION: Deal struck in Comcast’s acquiring of Time Warner Cable

3: New Jersey firms offered EDA incentive loans to expand or stay in the state, including Imagine Audio of Cherry Hill, National Paper Recycling in Bellmawr, and R&R Investments in Westville

$450,000+: Amount raised at Bancroft’s 21st Annual Butterfly Ball last month, the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year

$8,000: Susquehanna Bank donation to Special Olympics programs in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia through its social media campaign held during the Super Bowl

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Biz, Volume 4, Issue 3 (March, 2014).
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