This Day in Business History: Best Buy Celebrates its Golden Anniversary

August 22, 1966: In St. Paul, Minnesota, a small store called Sound of Music opened its doors to customers in late August of 1966. Fifty years later, Best Buy (the company changed its name in 1983) is a multinational retailer with nearly $40 billion in annual revenue. Source: Company Website Read more from the Goizueta…

Simmons Update: New and Improved Intuitive Platform

If you have used Simmons for a marketing class to understand consumer purchasing behaviors and personas, you will immediately notice that it looks and navigates completely differently.  Over Summer 2019, we migrated to Simmons Insights, its new, much improved platform.  For the first time, Simmons is now much easier, more intuitive to use; it also…

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Business Words of the Year: 1969-1978

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Goizueta Business School, the business librarians thought it might be fun to explore the evolution of business terminology between 1919 and 2019. So each month we will post a blog identifying business words and concepts that were captured in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for the decades that GBS…

PitchBook: Search firms and investors by industry, vertical and more

PitchBook covers startups, VC and PE-backed companies, as well as mature private and public firms, investors, buyers, and funds.  You can research and target firms by industry or vertical, as well as financing history. PitchBook’s competitors lists are great for identifying both large and small competitors to firms – great for target company lists when contemplating your…

Economist Intelligent Unit (EIU): Content Changes

This summer we made some changes in the content we license from the EIU.  Due to redundancy in content in other resources and low usage, we decided not to renew EIU’s Viewswire, Data Tool, and Financial Services Report.  But don’t worry! – comparable credible data is available in sources such as the World Development Indicators,…

This Day in Business History: Happy Birthday Otis Elevator!

August 3, 1811: It’s the birthday of Elisha Graves Otis, born 205 years ago in Halifax, Vt. who found his inspiration while working in a Yonkers, N.Y., factory that needed to move heavy equipment to its upper floor. Using a hoist came with the risk of equipment crashing to the ground if the cable broke, so…

This Day in Business History: The Mercantile Agency (later D&B) is Founded

July 20, 1841: On this date, Lewis Tappan founded The Mercantile Agency to collect business information such as sales estimates and bill paying ability. In 1859, the company was sold to Robert Graham Dun and incorporated under a new name, R. G. Dun & Company. And in 1933, Dun & Co. merged with Bradstreet Company, a…

This Day in Business History: Opening Day at Disneyland

July 17, 1955: On a sunny Anaheim, California Sunday afternoon, Walt Disney opens his first theme park, Disneyland. Offering 5 theme lands with 18 attractions, the park took more than twenty years to plan and cost $17 million to build. Disney’s financial advisers were skeptical of his plan, suggesting that it would be a disaster, but…

This Day in Business History: The First Walmart Opens

July 2, 1962: Sam Walton opens his first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas at the age of 44. Sam Walton was no stranger to retail by this time. He worked for the J.C. Penney Company after college, which at that time was a relatively small retailer. After serving in World War II, where he was captain of…

Did You Know?: Lynda.com Transitioning to LinkedIn Learning Platform

As of this summer (June 20th to be precise), Lynda.com will be getting a new name and transitioning over to the LinkedIn Learning platform. Since 2015, LinkedIn has owned Lynda and, with this transition, will retire the Lynda brand altogether, relaunching as LinkedIn Learning. The Emory Libraries’ blog team wrote a great post detailing exactly…