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Once upon a time, a young man dreamed of opening his own catering business. He knew this would be a difficult task considering that his resources were limited, but he was up for the challenge. With a lot of hard work, a commitment to customer satisfaction and a little help from the U. S. Small Business Administration, Martin Resnick turned his five man operation into a multi-million dollar catering enterprise. Today, Martin’s Caterers, Inc. is believed to be the largest social caterer in the United States, doing in excess of $25 million in sales annually.
In 1964, Martin Resnick went to the SBA seeking $15,000 to open Eudowood Gardens in Towson, Md. The location had a maximum seating capacity of 500 people and served approximately 50,000 people that first year. His staff was limited, consisting of himself and his wife, his mother-in-law, sister-in-law and a few close friends. As the business grew, additional temporary employees were hired. During that first year in business, Marty never drew a salary and kept his day job at a local retail-clothing store.
The community’s response was overwhelming and in 1966, Marty again turned to the SBA for financial assistance. North Point Gardens was opened in Baltimore with a $40,000 SBA loan. By 1969, there was a need to create a facility that would offer a larger seating capacity, known today as Martin’s We