There's a certain type of entrepreneurial spirit we're seeing more of in the York area.
It involves sharing - knowledge, workspace and even tools - to help others get ahead.
First there was YorKitchen, a for-rent commercial kitchen and dining facility that opened nearly three years ago in an annex of Central Market at 37 W. Clarke Ave. in York.
It has become well known as a businesses incubator for food companies that need somewhere to start, helping to launch 34 new businesses and expand 14 others.
The start-ups include Sharmini's Kitchen, All About Browniesnand the now-nationally known Nuts About Granola.
More recently, downtown York became home to CoWork155, a membership-based workspace at 155 W. Market St. for entrepreneurs, telecommuters, freelancers, sales executives and others who work remotely.
The renovated office is fully wired with access to Wi-Fi, printing, copying and faxing, and includes a large conference room, small conference room, storage space, kitchen area, lounge, two executive offices and more.
Members reported after the opening last summer that they were more productive without the distractions and demands of home.
"It's like the 'Field of Dreams,'" said Jason Konopinski, a consultant and copy writer who moved his business into CoWork155. "There was such a community here waiting for a place like this to open."
Similarly, the owners of Rudy Art Glass are hoping when they "build" their makerspace inside the company's 15 E. Philadelphia St. studio, creative Yorkers also will come.
Makerspaces are a growing trend in large cities, but this will be the first such facility in central Pennsylvania, said Patrick Sells, co-owner of Salvaging Creativity, an industrial-art business that got its start inside the Rudy Art Glass studio.
Sells is collaborating with Rudy Art Glass' owners to launch the Working Class makerspace.
There, members will have access to the equipment the two companies have acquired over the years. That includes welding equipment, a plasma cutter, a waterjet, flatbed and roll printers, paint and sandblasting booths, saws, sanders, polishers and a blacksmith shop.
"You have people who want to create things, and they need space. They need tools and they need knowledge of how to do it," Sells said. "We want to take our maker-creative community here in York and really connect them to a market and skills and help them sell their wares."
The Working Class space will be a welcome addition to York City's growing art community, complimenting the efforts of groups such as The Parliament.
That's the 2-year-old nonprofit that helps artists -- including painters, filmmakers, designers, sculptors and 3-D medium artists -- present their work to the public through gallery events, concerts and film documentary premiers.
The organization also rents studio space to eight artists.
Thanks for sharing, Yorkers. Your mothers will be proud.