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Here is a successful, handsome, young entrepreneur who had spent the past several years building a business, and not spent enough time dating! He wanted to find love and get married. Our stylist updated his dating wardrobe, giving him a confidence boost right out of the gate. He did a full photo shoot and online profile makeover - and started dating on He quickly met his beautiful and kind wife online, and by autumn, they were exclusive. They got engaged and married within 18 months. They are an amazing couple, and we wish them all the happiness in the world!

"Bela helped me in so many ways. . .and now I have a healthy, happy relationship for the first time in years!"
- Carol, Chicago

"One of the best things about this process is Bela herself. What I have really gained is control of my (dating) life, and I'm going to make things happen for myself."

- Gauri    *In May 2012, Gauri got engaged to the love of her life!

I'm Engaged on my 40th Birthday!

"Bela is fabulous! She taught me the tools for finding the RIGHT person for me starting with having the right mindset. We created a great on-line dating profile with updated photos after a wardrobe consultation/shopping session. She coached me on where to focus my time and energy to meet potential suitors and guided me through the dating process. I would highly recommend Bela to anyone who is serious about finding the love of their life." 

- Kathleen, Chicago   **Engaged in 2012!

New York Times - Client Wedding!

Jill Drossman Smart Dating Academy Success StoriesJill A. Drossman and Daniel Marks Cohen are to be married Sunday at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York. Rabbi Mark Kaiserman is to officiate, with Cantor Bette Cohen, the mother of the bridegroom, assisting.

Ms. Drossman, 40, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University.

She is the daughter of Neil and Ellen Drossman of New York. The bride’s father is a copywriter at Della Femina, the New York advertising agency. Her mother is the president of Drossman Jewelry, a family-owned business in New York.

Mr. Cohen, 41, is a mortgage officer at the Community Preservation Corporation, a nonprofit organization in New York that provides financing for developers and owners of moderately priced housing. He is also a Democratic State committeeman for the 69th Assembly District on the Upper West Side. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received an M.B.A. from New York University.

He is the son of Cantor Cohen and Michael M. Cohen of New York. The bridegroom’s mother retired from Temple Emanu-El in Long Beach, N.Y. His father is an admiralty lawyer and is of counsel at Nicoletti, Hornig & Sweeney, a New York law firm.

A version of this article appeared in print on January 8, 2012, on page ST11 of the New York edition with the headline: Jill Drossman, Daniel Cohen

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I'm Having a Ball!

“Bela’s process at Smart Dating really and truly works. I saw her on TV on the morning news, and emailed her the same day. They’re amazing professionals, their process really works, and I’m having a ball.”

-Dan, 50, Chicago

How Fred Got His Groove Back - with Bela!

"I first contacted Bela after hearing her on the radio in an interview. Before the end of our first meeting, it became evident that enlisting her services was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Bela is a first-rate professional who knows and understands the modern dating world, but more importantly she’s fun and makes the process fun! The same goes for her crew – A.J. (photographer), Jen (makeup), and Lindsey (writer). The photo shoot was a blast, and the photos really make me look my realistic best. Within a week of my online re-launch, I had more dates lined up than I could have imagined – 5 dates in 8 days, plus 4 more women in communication! Bela’s “keep the pipeline filled” theory has held true. I got my groove back, and have found the love of my life in less than 3 months!!! It’s been a very positive experience, and I recommend Smart Dating Academy without hesitation to anyone who wants to jump start their dating experiences."

-Fred, Chicago

"I have nothing but great things to say about Bela and her service. Prior to meeting Bela, I had pretty much tried everything and was frustrated. I can say without hesitation she is a workhorse who is committed to helping her clients find someone special, and in the process, making sure they have fun. I consider her as a friend foremost, and I constantly observe that many people who meet her feel the same. In less than 2 months, I have talked to and been interested in more girls than I have been in 3 years.....that's exciting! It's great to know you have someone on your side looking for you, and I'm optimistic that I will find someone soon. For anyone seriously looking for someone special in their life, I wholeheartedly encourage you to reach out to her! I can't say it enough."

-Sachin   **In love and engaged in 2012!!

Brandi New York City

 "Smart Dating and Bela have helped me view the dating world “with a whole new set of eyes”. She  encourages me to stay motivated and keeps my hopes of finding The One alive. Because of Bela, I am  more confident in myself than ever and have gotten rid of all my old, self-destructive dating habits."

- Brandi, New York City

Her Date Coaching Works!

"I had joined a local dating service in Chicago last year, and wasn't getting the callbacks I wanted from guys after the dates. I started working with Smart Dating in January 2010. During our first session, I got started on a concrete dating plan - and while I worked on that, they wrote my online profile/shot my photos, and helped me learn to write good emails, and zinged up my dating wardrobe! My dating life improved quickly - the first guy I dated was from eHarmony - and we went on six dates in just a few weeks. I'm dating more than ever! The dating world certainly has its ups and downs - but the skills I've learned have made a big difference in my life."


Bela Puts Carrie Bradshaw to Shame!

“For those drowning in the sea of online love there is no better rescue than Bela Gandhi and Smart Dating Academy. Like many of us who are romantically challenged, I came up with every lame excuse in the book to avoid internet dating. (“Too risky, too complicated, too much work”) and I’d probably still be on the couch had I not tuned into an interview with Bela on the Style Channel. It took me all of one cyber minute to realize that this lady’s take on real time dating would put Carrie Bradshaw to shame. I rang her the very next day and decided it was time to head to Chicago to meet Bela and her team (I’m from DC). It was by far the best decision I’ve made this year. I now have a dynamite profile with great pictures and thanks to Bela’s professional savvy and genuine enthusiasm for the prospect of love unlimited and unlimited love, I was able to reconsider my dating potential with a new found confidence.”

-Mary Ellen, 55

“Bela's Smart Dating Academy offers an intelligent, innovative approach to help singles find love. Bela's personal warmth and insight makes the search fun, efficient, and most importantly: successful.  I highly suggest working with her - she is amazing."

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Bela Knew What I Needed!

"I met Bela in the summer of 2009 at a charity event. She was chatting with a handsome man named Tom at the event, and had this feeling that he would be perfect for me. She grabbed him by the arm, brought him over to my table, and the rest was history. He walked me home that night, and we have just celebrated our one year anniversary. She's got a great sense of people, and great intuition - and I am in a happy, loving relationship because of it."

- Iris


By: Gena Grish (a blogger's review of Smart Dating Academy's program)

...So being the great friend that I (think I) am, I decided to push her [my friend Jamie] into the dating pool head first...and enlist some help from a real dating professional. I sat down at my computer and Googled the hell out of dating tips, coaches and professionals. To say that most of the websites I came across were cheesy is an understatement, that is, until one website, for Smart Dating Academy, caught my eye. When I read the first few lines on her website, "Smart Dating Academy helps busy, successful professionals jump-start their dating lives" I thought to myself, that's Jamie!! Done and done. I sent Jamie the link and with a little light (read: heavy) persuasion, I got her to email Bela.

I'm going to spare you with the details of the process, because if you're curious, which I know that you all are, you can go ahead and take a look at her website (there are extensive questionnaires, photo shoots, rewrites of your dating profile, books to read, email writing training and even something they call, "exit interviews"). What I can tell you is that I tagged along with Jamie to meet Bela and to see what all of the hype was about and she didn't disappoint. She was one of the most amazing, warm, bright and sweetest people that I have ever met. She immediately put us at ease, and I watched Jamie open up to a complete stranger within 20 minutes of meeting her in a way that she never has to me, her best friend....Since that meeting, Jamie's outlook on dating has done a complete 180.

...I had the privilege to speak with a handful of Bela's clients [to really check my gut] and it seems as if she has helped a lot of people become successful in love and lasting relationships. Let's be clear here, she's not a matchmaker. She's a dating coach. There is a big difference. Although she might be inclined to introduce you to a single friend if she thought you would be a good fit, she would rather coach people and provide them with the tools to be successful in dating/relationships so that when she's not around, they can continue to use those tools to become successful boyfriends/girlfriends, and if they are really lucky, husbands and wives.

I think what sets Bela apart from the rest of the people I found on my Google search is that she truly cares about every single person she works with and supports them every step of the way from start (setting up your online dating profile) to finish (finding a mate). She's like the Fairy Godmother of dating! She all but waved her magical wand and transformed Jamie into a completely different dater! All you single men and women out there, you might want to give her a ring, because if she can help jaded Jamie (Sorry J- you know I love you!), she can certainly help you! I'd really like to know where she was when I was single!? Then again, if I had known about her then, I guess we wouldn't have had this blog, would we?

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