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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.

Speed dating appeals to some people because the process is relatively inexpensive, involves no face-to-face rejection and allows participants to meet at least several people in a brief time.

When the time limit is reached, the coordinator signals for the men to move to the next table (and the next woman).

The timer is started again, and the process is repeated until every man and woman have met.

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.

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.

"When you're in the hands of a matchmaker, let the matchmaker figure it out for you," she said.