This Day in Business History: St. Valentine’s Day Becomes Big Business

February 14, 1913: Hall Bros. of Kansas City, MO (later known as Hallmark) offers its first valentine postcards. Two years later, a fire would destroy all of their inventory, forcing them to buy printing equipment to start mass producing their own valentine cards in 1916. No one knows the exact origins of the holiday, but it’s predecessors…

This Day in Busines History: Happy Birthday, André Michelin!

January 16, 1853: André Michelin, founder of Michelin Tire Company, is born in Paris. Michelin took over his family’s failing farm equipment company, which manufactured rubber parts such as belts and valves, in 1886. A few years later, he was approached by a cyclist who was having trouble with his tires. At that time, bicycle…

This Day in Business History: The European Economic Community Is Formed

January 1, 1958: The European Economic Community, known as the Common Market, becomes official. Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands signed the Treaty of Rome in March 1957, which laid the plan for this trade community, and was later joined by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Portugal,and Spain. East Germany also…

This Day in Business History: Happy Birthday, Henry Varnum Poor!

December 8, 1812: Henry Varnum Poor was born on this day and would lay the groundwork for the business information industry. As the editor of the American Railroad Journal, he became aware of the ways that businesses across states were becoming increasingly interconnected. Managers found a lot of value in information about companies and economics in partnering…

Extended Kindle Checkouts Begin TODAY!

Looking for a way to stay sharp over your Winter holiday? Starting November 28, you can check out a Kindle from the Goizueta Business Library and keep it until January 17. The Business Kindles are pre-loaded with over 150 business best-sellers, GBS faculty books, and career titles. Kindles will be available on a first come,…

HOLIDAY HOURS: Goizueta Business Library is CLOSED for Thanksgiving

The Goizueta Business Library will be closed on November 24th and 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday. You can still request consultations via GBS Ask a Librarian, and we will respond when we are back in the office on Monday, November 28th. The Woodruff Library Building will be open Saturday, November 26 from 11-6 and Sunday, November…

This Day in Business History: Happy Birthday, Mr. Goizueta!

November 18, 1931: Roberto C. Goizueta is born in Havana, Cuba. He studied chemical engineering at Yale University and after graduating in 1953, returned to Cuba where he started out in an entry-level chemist position at The Coca-Cola Company. He and his family left Cuba after Fidel Castro’s rise to power and relocated in Miami, where…

This Day in Business History: Happy Birthday, Procter & Gamble!

October 31, 1837: Two European immigrants, William Procter and James Gamble, happened to marry sisters Olivia and Elizabeth Norris in Cincinnati in the early 19th century. Their father-in-law Alexander Norris convinced Procter, a candle maker, and Gamble, a soap maker, to join their businesses since they used common raw ingredients. Starting with total assets of just…