Coworking (no hyphen please) has always meant community to me and for the past eight years I’ve been preaching the benefits. From collaboration to connections, the “co” in coworking are two powerful little letters. They stand for everything that I believe makes coworking so amazing. Many like you to think it’s the four walls you choose to call your home office away from home, but the power of real coworking is not brick and mortar, it’s the people who show up each day and how we interact. It’s how we come together to imagine, creative, thrive, connect and just be ourselves.

Our people are what makes us so unique, and the community is our greatest asset, not our space. While we work hard to provide resources like a cool inspiring place to gather and work, we make sure our focus is also on making an impact on the lives of our internal and external community. As a community hub, we work hard to offer relevant resources, access to events, and opportunities for connections to be made.

So what did 2017 look like for us? Well it was a pretty crazy year! We started several new projects and we hosted over 200 events from lunch and learns and workshops to comedy shows and coding for kids. We grew our coworking community by over 60 members and to top it all off we opened up Rock Candy in February, Perkup & Co – a social enterprise cafe – in July, and we finished construction on 8,000 square feet of space in our Lancaster City location in September. Say it with me – WOW!

We grew in all different kinds of ways and we’re so very excited for what 2018 has in store. This February we will be kicking the year off right with a BIG announcement (It’s really amazing and we can’t wait to share). In April we’ll host the very first PA Coworking Conference. Kick-Ass female entrepreneurs will soon roll out a new podcast and to top it all off we recently started a LIVE Facebook show (watch below) featuring our very cool and adventurous members. Our first show featured the sweet core team and yours truly, discussing the benefits of coworking (it’s a passion for sure). So watch out 2018! We’re eight years in, but we’re just getting started.

So when you’re searching for that perfect “office” or perfect “network” why not consider combining the two and do something truly amazing for yourself and your business. Consider joining a coworking community! If you take the time to engage and you’re open to the concept, I promise it will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

The Candy Factory is a community of 125+ incredibly talented professionals in two very cool locations. We are housed in a beautiful old warehouse in Lancaster City and on the innovative Rock Lititz Pod 2 campus in Lititz, PA. Not only will you get work done, you’ll meet some truly inspiring people.

Want to see it all for yourself and meet some cool folks? Click here to schedule a tour today and we’ll be happy to introduce you to our community.

About The Author

Anne Kirby started her first design and marketing company in 1999. After feeling the effects of social isolation, she acknowledged the need for a collaborative community and started a social networking group called The Creative House of Lancaster in 2007. Anne founded her thriving coworking space, The Candy Factory, in 2010 after identifying the need amongst members for a shared collaborative workspace. Eventually moving into a larger space in 2014, the Candy Factory inhabits 14,000 square feet of space in the historic Lancaster Storage Company. Anne also opened Rock Candy, a second location coworking space at POD 2 on the Rock Lititz Campus in January of 2017. The Candy Factory and Rock Candy serve as coworking communities which provide professional yet relaxed work environments for people looking for creative, affordable ways to work. Her coworking spaces focuses on connecting members and building relationships while providing the means to grow personally and professionally. Additionally, Anne recently opened a social enterprise cafe called Perkup & Co. which employs disadvantaged city youth in collaboration with The Mix at Arbor Place. As well as running these three companies, Anne also facilitates an all women’s group called Kick-Ass Female Entrepreneurs and manages an online promotional platform called DO. that looks to connect Lancaster, York and Harrisburg businesses. Anne actively speaks locally to organizations like SCORE, Cultivate Lancaster, and others on the topic of coworking and cultivating community. Building a strong downtown business community is her mission and coworking is her passion!

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