THE TEAM | WE’RE HERE FOR YOU. 

 Keeping things running smooth!

ABOUT ANNE:

Anne Kirby started her first design and marketing company in 1999 and currently operates a boutique agency called The Sweet Core in Lancaster, PA. After working from home for many years and feeling the effects of social isolation, she acknowledged the need for a collaborative community and started The Creative House of Lancaster in 2007. Anne then founded her thriving coworking space, The Candy Factory, in 2010. Eventually moving into a larger space in 2014, the Candy Factory now inhabits 20,000 square feet of space in the historic Lancaster Storage Company. She recently opened The Studios at The Candy Factory as well as Jelly Bellies, the region’s first childcare/coworking facility combo. The Candy Factory is a coworking community of over 200 professionals and provides a professional yet relaxed work environment for people looking for creative, affordable ways to work in Lancaster County, with a focus on connecting members through internal networking, promotion, as well as social activities. She founded the PA Coworking Alliance and hosted the first PA Coworking Conference in 2018 at The Candy Factory.

Additionally, Anne facilitates an all women’s meetup group called Kick-Ass Female Entrepreneurs and speaks to organizations locally and nationally including The House Small Business Committee in Washington D.C. on the topic of coworking, the gig economy and cultivating community.

Anne has been recognized by the Technology Council of Central PA, Women in Technology 2019 Awards for her impact on entrepreneurial/small businesses, as well as The Central Penn women of influence and is a 2018 SCORE Small Business Awardee.

Anne Kirby

Anne Kirby

Founding Member / Community Manager

email – anne@thesweetcore.com

Schedule a tour today, we’d love to show you around!

Austin Kirby

Austin Kirby

Community Facilitator

email – austin@thesweetcore.com

Learn more about our Memberships here!

Arianna Henderson

Arianna Henderson

Jelly Bellies Facilitator of fun!

email – arianna@thesweetcore.com

Learn more about Jelly Bellies here!

Jason Mundok

Jason Mundok

DO. Media Producer

email – do@thesweetcore.com

Listen to our podcast DO.ERS here
Join our podcast club and get started today.

Georgie

Georgie

Our Youngest Coworker

Jelly Bellies Quality Control Officer

Ollie

Ollie

The Coworking Shop Dog

What is coworking in Lancaster?

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. The open space concept we provide offers up many advantages, from networking and collaboration opportunities to easy access to shared resources.

THE CANDY FACTORY 

Phone: 717-945-6380
Facebook Page: CandyIsSweet
Instagram Page: @Cowroking

Twitter: TheCandyFactory

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster community and help spur the growth of small businesses in and around Lancaster by offering the resources and support needed to encourage that growth. Drawing members from within the city but also from around the county and beyond, our community is a diverse pool of professionals from all backgrounds.

We think outside of the traditional office space, We Share, We Gather, We Imagine, We Create, We Thrive! We COWORK!

 

Join Our Community! 

Our memberships allow you to grow your business without the large overhead of a traditional office while giving you access to a professional network, that is, our wonderful community. We also offer you resources and provide key elements you need to get work done, allowing you to focus on your business and its growth. We provide space for workshops and classes as well as opportunities to network with the coworking community.

We cover all utilities including business grade Wifi and our memberships include the use of our address as your professional business address. All members are added to our member directory online and Members have access to events, networking opportunities and also receive discounts to classes and programs.

What Coworking mean to us:

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 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 200 + incredibly talented professionals, housed in a beautiful old warehouse in Lancaster City. 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.

~ Anne Kirby, Founding Member

Coworking? What is Coworking?

“Coworking is redefining the way we do work. The idea is simple: that independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone. Coworking answers the question that so many face when working from home: “Why isn’t this as fun as I thought it would be?” Beyond just creating better places to work, coworking spaces are built around the idea of community-building and sustainability. Coworking spaces agree to uphold the values set forth by those who developed the concept in the first place: collaboration, community, sustainability, openness, and accessibility.”

From the Coworking Wiki  (this is a great resource if you want to learn more about coworking)
 
Benefits of Coworking

 

  • Gain access to a professional network within our unique, wonderful community of members
  • Discover resources and the key elements you need to get your work done, allowing you to focus on your business and thrive
  • Grow your business without the large overhead of a traditional office space
  • Access to the campus and club events just for members!
  • Become part of a unique space for workshops and classes
  • Take part in incredible networking opportunities exclusive to our community
  • Gain access to FIBER business-grade WiFi
  • Have a professional business address
  • Online member directory
  • Virtual Online Community
  • Collaboration & Job Opportunities
  • Access to a community of professionals from all backgrounds, allowing you to scale your business
  • Skill Sharing via free member run Lunch and Learns
  • Access to Rock Candy – four day passes a month
  • Private office space
  • Access to our campus – See space details below