Did you know that the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company started out with two friends who met in middle school? Yes, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield from Long Island, New York. After taking a course at Penn State for ice creaming, they opened their first store in 1978. They only invested $12,000 and borrowed $4,000 to start off the company. In the 1980′s they though that they should expand the business to see where they could go with it. So they did, and the result was a success. They were selling ice cream in grocery stores and by 1981, they became an ice cream making business chain.