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Anne Kirby of The Candy Factory

Feb 2018

Anne Kirby started her first design and marketing company in 1999. After feeling the effects of social isolation from working at home, she acknowledged the need for a collaborative community and started The Creative House of Lancaster in 2007. Anne then went on to found her now-thriving coworking space, The Candy Factory, in 2010. Eventually moving into a larger space in 2014, the Candy Factory now inhabits 14,000 square feet of space in the historic Lancaster Storage Company after a recent renovation project. 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 a professional yet relaxed work environment for people looking for creative and affordable ways to work in Lancaster County. The spaces emphasis on connecting members through internal networking and promotion, as well as various fun social activities. Additionally, Anne has recently opened a social enterprise concept cafe called Perkup & Co. which employs disadvantaged youth in the city who are apart of the Gröe program at The Mix at Arbor Place. As well as running these three companies, Anne also facilitates an all-female group called Kick-Ass Female Entrepreneurs and speaks locally to organizations like SCORE, Cultivate Lancaster, amongst others on the topic of coworking and cultivating community. If you didn’t think Anne could be any more badass as a female entrepreneur, she also hosts music and comedy events at The Candy Factory the Sixth Floor project.

Anne Kirby will speak at 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Friday – Day 2 of the conference

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