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Mike Green has figured out a way to make a living off of Cleveland's often acknowledged rebirth. As the city has polished its national image, it's attracted a crop of transplanted professionals from other cities, many of whom are single and lonely.

Green founded Lunch Date two years ago with the idea of introducing these single professionals to one another. Lunch Date is different from other dating services, Green says, because it customizes each match and even arranges the date, for lunch, coffee or an after work drink.

Green, of Shaker Heights, and his associates get to know each of their over 1,000 clients so they can set up matches that work.

"You have to be a people person and you have to have some sense of right and wrong," says Green, 37, of the keys to the company's matchmaking success. "It's really common sense and intuition."

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