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SO YOU’VE TRIED
STORY BY HOLLY MCATEE PHOTO COURTESY OF OMAHA LOVE
and tried to find the right person with no luck. Friends have sent you on blind dates. You’re friends keep telling you to “just get out there more.” You’ve looked in bars, the supermarket, coffee shops, bookstores, and the gym. You’ve even tried to learn a new hobby or sport to find a mate. So what now? Where can you go to find the right someone in Omaha? The local dating company, Omaha Love, might be the right match for you. Omaha Native, Courtney Hawkins, got into the dating industry by chance. She graduated from UNO with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She wanted to go into celebrity reporting, but didn’t want to move away. She was bartending when a friend of hers who was a realtor showed a space to a dating company. The company mentioned they needed a counselor, and her friend recommended Courtney. About a year ago, Courtney Hawkins left the dating service she worked for and went off on her own to start Omaha Love. So how does Omaha Love work? Potential clients fill out an inquiry form online. They are then contacted and invited to come into the office for an interview where Omaha Love counselors make sure that they are the right fit for their service. All clients are given a criminal background check. Omaha Love also does an in-person screening to make sure that the person is who they claim to be. This is one of the key differences between Omaha Love and the large National Online Dating Services.
Hawkins says that many of her clients were disappointed with those big companies. After talking to someone online, when they met the person, they realized the person had posted a picture that was over ten years old. It’s great that those companies offer compatibility tests, but they don’t actually meet the people that are putting up profiles. Omaha Love does. Omaha Love operates completely on a local level. The counselors at Omaha Love help clients fill out their profile and take pictures for them. They facilitate dates and give their clients feedback after dates. There are also member parties and social events that have included happy hours, bowling, and hayrack rides. Omaha Love has even had speed dating sessions. Dating has changed over the years. Men and women are more equal today, and many of them go dutch (paying equally), which they didn’t do years ago. Age isn’t that important either. People are looking for people they will enjoy spending time with, and they don’t always have to be the same age. Cougars (older women dating younger men) are more acceptable now. “You are only as old as you feel,” says Hawkins. But, dating services are just for desperate people, right? Not so. While that may have been the misconception years ago, more people are looking to dating services to meet new people. “Most of my clients are good catches; they are just busy people that don’t have time to find someone on their own. Today, we all use
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COURTNEY HAWKINS FOUNDER OF OMAHA LOVE
lots of services for our needs, why not use one for our love life?” says Hawkins. It makes sense. The services at Omaha Love are affordable, and they have different plans for different people. What does Hawkins like best about her business? “Every day is different. I enjoy getting to help people. My job really doesn’t seem like work.” But how can you really find the right person? Hawkins tells her clients, “In order to find true love, you have to be compatible, and it’s a process. You can’t always figure out compatibility on the first date. It often takes several dates. A big problem with people who are single is that they are not exposed to the kind of people they need to meet.” Hawkins says that most of her clients are looking to meet new people for a longterm, monogamous relationship. Her clients are looking for stability (financial and emotional), honesty, and faithfulness. Why not give it a chance? Contact Omaha Love.com to get started.
Published on Feb 15, 2010
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