Cupid Academy

Time – Feb. 16, 2004 Elizabeth Biondi wants to be a matchmaker. After a devastating breakup with a boyfriend last summer, the Detroit social worker decided to channel her romantic energy into something constructive. She had always enjoyed setting friends up on dates — why not strangers? So late last month Biondi, 25, hopped on…

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Offline Dating

Time Out NY, January 19, 2004 The Institute offers a standardized certification class for newcomers to the field, in which students learn a range of skills. The school also plans to host a database of its graduates. more (PDF)

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Have I got a girl for you: Helping your friends dump the dating service

Wall Street Journal – December 2003 You’re at a coffee shop, and you spot a beautiful woman alone at a table. Mustering up your warmest smile, you approach. Her eyes meet yours. Wow! She’s even prettier up close. That’s when you give her your best line. “I have a friend,” you say, “who might be…

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Learn How To Become A ‘Yenta’

WNBC – November 25, 2003 Course In Matchmaking Helps Students Prescreen Clients, Start Businesses. The brainchild of a social worker turned matchmaker, the Matchmaking Institute will teach would-be Cupids everything they need to know about the delicate art of love. (…) After taking the 22-hour course, students become “certified,” and they are also given tips…

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