“The Candy Factory helped convince me to move from West Philly to Lancaster. Working remotely is great, but remote workers need to tend their own social needs – for me, The Candy Factory fills this need.”

- Chad Ostrowski

Software Engineer, Near, Inc

Chad Ostrowski

Near, Inc – Software Engineer 


Chad has 10 years of engineering experience ranging from launching his own products to creating & teaching curricula; from contributing at startups to building tools at Comcast and Apple.

For the money or just for the love, you can often find Chad building web apps. In early 2020, he joined Near, Inc, a company based in San Francisco with worldwide employees, helping improve the experience for developers building on the NEAR Protocol, a developer-friendly blockchain that powers new types of composable, transparent apps where users are always in control of their own data. 

Chad has a little startup, Entire. Life (https://entire.life) – an app to help you slow down, zoom out, and live a meaningful life. In the fall of 2018, Chad went through the TechCelerator at The Candy Factory from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, trying to figure out how to transform Entire. Life from a money-costing hobby into a money-making side business. He has not yet accomplished this goal! Catch Chad during one of his work breaks.

He likes thinking about tech, politics and the future. He’s always happy to talk about the little he knows about space exploration, tribalism, ecocide, whether or not we’re all doomed, and hope vs despair vs action.

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The Candy Factory is a coworking space established in 2010 and located in the heart of Downtown Lancaster PA. We are a community of professionals who have found a new way to work. Coworking and shared workspaces help promote business growth, creative thinking, shared brilliance and collaboration while offering an affordable office solution for small businesses, freelancers, remote workers, and non-profits. 

Pride Month Member Feature: Steph Frysinger

Pride Month Member Feature: Steph Frysinger

This June, we are honoring Pride and highlighting our LGBTQ+ members! Meet Steph! "Steph Frysinger is a realtor on the Andy Esbenshade Team with Berkshire Hathaway. She finds immense fulfillment in her work as a realtor as it allows her to meet and interact with new...

Pride Month Member Feature: Lori Johnson

Pride Month Member Feature: Lori Johnson

This June, we are honoring Pride and highlighting our LGBTQ+ members! Meet Lori! "Owner of Ladies Start Your Engines! With over 30 years in the automotive industry helping women become empowered by teaching a hands-on light maintenance class about their vehicle....

Welcome Amanda Hodgen: Jelly Bellies Facilitator of Fun!

Welcome Amanda Hodgen: Jelly Bellies Facilitator of Fun!

 Fun Facts:I can play the violin (and also own a mandolin, clarinet, and keyboard). My family has lived in Lancaster county going back approximately four generations.Jelly BelliesAt Jelly Bellies, we provide a fun safe place for kids to enjoy while their parents get...

Jelly Bellies NOW OPEN

 We love our little munchkins, but we also understand the struggle all parents feel trying to juggle work and childcare. Sometimes you need a place to get work done, meet with a client, network, or just take a deep breath. That is why we are excited to announce jelly bellies, a supervised play facility located at The Candy Factory. Schedule a tour today!

Welcome Arianna

We’d like to welcome Arianna to The Candy Factory and The Sweet Core team as our Jelly Bellies supervisor and facilitator of fun!

She will be responsible for watching over and organizing fun activities for your kiddos.