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70%-80% of Fortune 500 firms use AI in varying degrees, but commercialization of new AI technologies has been slowing down in the US as federal funding decreased. Developers continue to integrate AI techniques into corporate software, so the market for [existing?] AI should expand within the next few years. The 1993 world market for AI systems was estimated at about $900M, with 60% in the US. 65% of the US market was for knowledge-based or expert systems -- $171M internally developed, $150M in AI vendor sales and licensing fees, and $30M in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and systems. [IEEE Expert, 2/95, p. 70. Flash Information, 5/29/95.]

The small-office/home-office (SOHO) market is booming. 34M Americans worked at home in 1994, possibly going to 60M by 1998. [PC Magazine, 6/13/95, p. 102. Flash Information, 5/29/95.]

Women Inc., a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, Sacramento, NY, and FL, has arranged a $150M loan pool at the Money Store. Women's businesses often lack the machinery, inventory, or real estate that banks demand as collateral. Service businesses are harder to evaluate, may have high risk, and often need small, less-profitable loans. Members (at $29/year) gain access to discounts, gender-based conferences, and flexible consideration for the loans. Money Store (Sacramento) is the biggest provider of SBA-backed loans. It gave Women Inc. a $1M start-up grant. [Ilana Debare, McClatchy News Service. SJM, 6/1/95, 1E.] (To get start-up funding for any business, first determine who would benefit. One can often get supplier financing.)

The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) has a Web page at . [David W. Prince , net-hap, 4/4/95.]

John Mortz has written about "The Corridor Effect" (in his "Make Money Moonlighting!"). People often start with a "lifestyle" or home-based hobby venture, grow it into a high-profit venture, and then start another venture soon after. 30% start a second venture within 2-3 years; over 50% within six years. Some start a series of companies. "The people who have just one venture or one career are hard to find." Starting any business opens up possibilities that could not have been foreseen, including knowledge of your customers and their needs. People will also come to you with business ideas and proposals. "By starting a business, you are opening a doorway for good things to enter." [moonlight-l. Mike Urbonas , SEML, 4/8/95.]