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Co-working Locations

By - Last modified: July 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

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Does every company need its own brick-and-mortar office space and all the overhead costs that go with it? Should every office be filled with silent voices and sharp keyboard clicks?

The idea behind co-working locations, which have been cropping up across the midstate in the last few years, is that shared office spaces can inspire fresh ideas in a collaborative environment. These spaces can work — and work well — for people who normally work in isolation.

Here are some of the co-working spots in the area.

 

Ben Franklin TechCelerator

453 Lincoln St., Carlisle

www.muratabusinesscenter.com

Owner: Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F

Amenities: Office suites, communal space, mentoring, desks, access to conference rooms, kitchen

The TechCelerator, which has been open about a year, offers transitional or temporary space in a business incubator environment, so members can work with one-on-one mentors. The TechCelerator strives to “grow companies and give them space to meet their particular needs at the time,” said Executive Director Pam Martin.

Lime Street Center

30 N. Lime St., Lancaster

limestreetcenter.com

Owner: Eric Davenport

Hours: Flexible, but generally 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F

Amenities: Private offices, shared offices, communal space, two Wi-Fi networks, Category 6 cable for high-speed Internet, projection screen, laptop access, conference room, photography equipment, printers, kitchen, patio, grill

Lime Street Center, which opened in November, provides a variety of working atmospheres and a professional technology system. It has space for privacy and communal space for collaboration. The back patio gives members the option of working outside.

The Candy Factory

323 N. Queen St., Lancaster

www.candyissweet.com

Owner/co-founder: Ann Kirby

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F

Amenities: Space for full-time and part-time members, Wi-Fi, printers, member lunches, coffee machines, conference rooms, projectors, kitchen

The Candy Factory, which has been open almost two years, strives to create a collaborative, social atmosphere. It provides a creative space — the walls were just painted with chalkboard paint — and is “a great way for individuals to expand their talent set by having people to rely on,” said George Stephanis, a full-time member.

Thomas Technology Group

3438 Trindle Road, Suite 100, Camp Hill

Owner: Peggy Thomas

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F or by reservation

Amenities: Full-time space, rotating temporary space, desk areas, conference rooms, secure wireless Internet, mobile hotspot printing for confidentiality, mailboxes, flat-screen TV, scanning, faxing, copying

Thomas Technology Group has been open for about a year, and it wants people to form their own communities individually and collaboratively. It works to ensure members have personal, customizable spaces to fulfill their needs.

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