Business History Initiative Profiles and Case Studies

Each year the Georgia Historical Society selects iconic companies in our state to be honored through the Georgia Business History Initiative. By showcasing these companies, GHS seeks to teach Georgia students, citizens, and tourists alike about the pivotal role of Georgia’s leading businesses in the economic, cultural, and social development of Georgia and the United States. Each company listed below has a downloadable PDF with historical information and more to help teachers and students understand the historical and economic impact of Georgia’s businesses. New materials will be added each year as more businesses are selected for the Business History Initiative.

1996 Summer Olympic Games



Delta Air Lines

Colonial Group, Inc.

Genuine Parts Company

Georgia Dome


Georgia Ports Authority

Georgia Power

Metro Atlanta Chamber

Southern Company




Read the historical marker texts for these and more iconic businesses on the GHS Marker Page.