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?
Lime Street Center
30 N. Lime St., Lancaster
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
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.
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
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 Hil
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.