Pre-Dating Speed Dating, based in Plantation, Fla., is touted as the largest company in the world that sets up and hosts speed-dating events, guarantees a match and promises "quality" single professionals at its gatherings.
Within the six-minute window, participants fill out "match sheets" to indicate whether they're interested in the other person.
The event lasts about 90 minutes to two hours, and, at night's end, the coordinator collects the match sheets.
Her strengths, she said, include her ability to connect with people, understand various personalities and empathize with others.
Most of her clients are referred by friends and acquaintances, Sprouse said, and most arrive after having tried to meet someone through other outlets such as online dating, setups by family members and friends, and the bar scene.
Video of a speed dating event The process works like this: Each week, several events are scheduled at a couple of Columbus-area restaurant/bars.
Those interested in attending visit the company website ( The events are grouped by age (generally within a 10-year range), with about 10 or 12 men and women at each event.
Within 24 hours, the coordinator emails each attendee with the results, along with the email addresses of participants who indicated an interest.
Joe Stein, 31, of Powell so enjoyed the first such event he attended that he decided to return for a second one at Bar Louie.
"But what they're looking for is a serious relationship.