The Candy Factory is the place to be on 

MARCH 29TH, 2018!

With funding support from the BB&T Economic Growth Fund at the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the Candy Factory coworking community are pleased to announce the Ben Franklin TechCelerator@TheCandyFactory!

Dedicated to increasing the growth of entrepreneurial activity in Lancaster County, this exciting partnership will create a hub that provides business mentoring, tech startup training, professional services and connections, and funding opportunities—all housed at one convenient location.

This event is co-sponsored by the Technology Council of Central PA (TCCP). We thank them for their support!

Come to celebrate.
Stay for the refreshments and networking!

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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