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This Entrepreneur Went on a Reality Dating Show. She Didn't Find Love, But She Did Find a New Career Path.

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When Tennesha Wood moved to San Francisco after nine years in the Army, she landed a job in sales and began to explore the online dating scene. It was 2010, and searching for love online involved logging into a website on a computer, not swiping on the many apps people have on their mobile devices today. “I met a lot of really great guys that way,” Wood says. “But not everybody you meet is going to be your Prince Charming forever, and there are some frogs in there. Most of the guys I met were really cool — they just weren't for me. There wasn't that spark and chemistry."

The men Wood met weren’t necessarily right for her, but that didn’t stop her from seeing their potential for someone else, and so she started to exercise her matchmaking muscles. “So I kept in touch, and when I met girlfriends, I would connect them,” Wood says. “Once I moved to New York City, I kept doing that until I became that person that friends would always ask, ‘Hey, do you know anybody?’”

In New York, Wood continued to explore different pathways to love — she even went on a reality dating show in 2015. Wood was in a new relationship when she joined the cast of Black Love, which followed five professional Black women who were all in different stages of dating. Though Wood’s relationship at the time didn’t last, her interest in navigating the space of love and relationships, and ultimately helping others do the same, did.

Related: A 5-Step Business Approach to Dating

Wood began taking on clients, coaching them on the ins and outs of dating and helping them perfect their online profiles. She also launched her........

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