Meet the Man Behind the Muffins:

Steve Marks

Steve Marks is a proud entrepreneur with decades of experience that includes cultivating a thriving business, Main Street Gourmet, through multiple exits.​

He is a two-time winner of the United Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year award and was twice listed on the INC. 500 list for the fastest growing US companies. Whether you are just getting started in business or are a longtime veteran, his story will provide dynamic insights and valuable lessons into the roller-coaster journey of the entrepreneurial world. ​

“The privilege of being an entrepreneur is not something to be taken lightly. I sure don’t. The Muffin Man Chronicles is my effort to give insight and perspective (and maybe a little entertainment) into the roller-coaster ride that is entrepreneurship. And just maybe, that will help guide or perhaps even kick-start you in the right direction.” - Steve Marks

Company Background

Main Street Muffins (now known as Main Street Gourmet) was founded in 1987 by Steve Marks and his partner, Harvey Nelson. Main Street Gourmet is a leading provider of customized bakery products for national and regional in-store bakeries, restaurants and other food operators. The company’s core product lines consist of muffins, cookies, brownies, bars, granola, quick breads, toppings, and many other dessert products. 

Community Outreach

Steve is also the co-founder of the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation. The mission of the marathon is to promote health and fitness and bring national attention to this region. 


Main Street Gourmet founded an award winning program with Cleveland Clinic’s Akron General Medical Center called “Muffins for Mammograms,” designed to raise money for women who can not afford breast cancer screening costs. Main Street Gourmet is also the founder of the “No Muffin Left Behind” concept that benefits the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank.

Steve is very active in his community including currently participating as a Board Member of the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation and the Curated Storefront, along with past participation as a Trustee for the Greater Akron Chamber, the All American Soap Box Derby, the Summit County American Red Cross, the Akron Civic Theatre, the Akron Community Foundation and others.

This is the true story of two Akron, Ohio entrepreneurs who introduced a tasty treat that transformed into a major enterprise. ​