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The Flory Center, Inc. a non-profit, tax-exempt organization was established in 1991 to assist existing small businesses and start-up entrepreneurs access capital for expansion, increase sales, and create and retain jobs. The Flory Center serves as a focal point for the coordination of federal, state, local, educational and private resources to assist small businesses.  The Flory Center is a regional resource that serves Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.


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The Flory Business Center has been a major support system for our business in many ways. We initially set up an appointment and discussed some of the issues we needed help developing. Not only did we get the information we needed at the time, we quickly realized this was just the beginning of a support system we could call when we had more questions. Our relationship has allowed us to be part of an educational support system the Flory Center provides from selected speakers. If you choose to stay connected your support continues regardless of how long you have been in business. We are very grateful to have the Flory Team as part of our resource in this quickly changing business environment. We will always stay connected to the Flory Center.
— Rick Graham - Air-Right Energy Design, Inc.

When I founded American Military University, American Public University, one of the first resources to whom I turned for help – and lots of it – was the Flory Small Business Center, Inc. To say that their help was invaluable is, quite frankly, an understatement. For indeed, the staff was there to assist me with virtually every aspect of our development. When I first began acting on my dream in 1991, I had very little knowledge and experience with regard to “going into business.” The fact that I was focused on establishing a private, for profit, graduate level University only served to exacerbate my many challenges – for it isn’t every day that one attempts such an enterprise. To be sure, for the staff at Flory, it was a first – but that did not inhibit their desire or commitment to help. If anything, this novel undertaking seemed to excite the staff and amplified the zeal they all applied to the monumental tasks that we faced together.
— James P. Etter, Founder, American Military University, American Public University

The Flory Center has been instrumental in my success and growth as an individual and as a business owner. I will always remember my time spent in their office discussing, strategizing and executing on my business. Thank you Flory!
— Joe Marshall, Sire Studios CEO

The Flory Business Center program provides an essential first step for any small business. I have researched top business development programs across the nation and the Flory Center is clearly one of the best. We are blessed to have this great world class resource in Prince William County...”
— Stratford professor Dr. Stephen T. Redmon,
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The Flory Small Business Development Center and its professional staff were instrumental in our decision to make Manassas a long term home for our company headquarters. We looked at a number of other possible locations, including other states, before deciding to locate here. The Flory Center helped us work out a long term arrangement that benefited everyone. They are a terrific asset, not only to our small business but to the entire area.
— Dr. John S. Langford, Chairman and CEO, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Linda Decker and her team were paramount in seeing my business passion into fruition, for opening a door and showing me the road. I’m forever grateful for her dedication to the small business community. The rest was sheer desire and a lot of work.
— Elena Hocking - Macaron Tart, Inc.
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Linda is the oracle of the Prince William business community. If you’re considering a move to the Prince William area, visit the Flory Center. If you run a business in Prince William, visit the Flory Center. If you’ve been to the Flory Center, go back and go often. Each time I meet with Linda and her staff, I’m given actionable insight into both business and the region that I couldn’t get anywhere else.
— Patrick King - Imagine, Inc.

I have worked with Linda and her staff over the past 25 years. We did some of our small business loans with the help of the Flory Center. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Staff was very helpful in every aspect of the process. We never hesitate to refer you!
— Kris Evans - East to West Embroidery

The Flory Center has been instrumental in helping Storage Strategies, Inc. (SSI) in several very significant ways. When our company opened its first physical office in Manassas Park, the Flory Center staff assisted us with planning and executing our Grand Opening. Their professionalism and expertise has been invaluable to us in preparing loan application documentation, establishing financial controls, and general business management. Their Core Four business planning course was excellent! The Flory Center is a tremendous resource which is doing tremendous things to support local small businesses and the community writ large.
— Steve Mackie, Storage Strategies Inc., (SSI)

Flory Small Business Center is an asset to our community. The Center provided information and facilitated introductions with other small businesses in the area. We had limited knowledge regarding government contracting requirements and potential partnership opportunities. The Flory Center helped us quickly fill the knowledge gap along with starting a network that assisted our transition into a new service line of business. The Team at Flory has a customer centered outlook and has a quick turnaround on information needs.
— Lovey Hammel - Employment Enterprises, Inc.

Business succession can be a daunting and exasperating experience for any business owner. When it came time for us to deal with an ownership transition, we quickly found that we had no idea of what we didn’t know about the process! Thankfully, an introduction to The Flory Small Business Center changed the whole experience for N to N Fiber. The Center’s incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated Staff guided us through the entire process, turning a distressed situation into a constructive favorable success for all. Our Company has continued to benefit from The Flory Small Business Center’s guidance and knowledge. Take advantage of their incredible ongoing Seminars, covering top business concerns and processes. If you are doing business in Prince William County, you will not find a stronger advocate for you than The Flory Small Business Center. Wish we had found The Flory Small Business Center years ago!
— Stephen Noone - N to N Fiber

When we first contacted Flory Small Business Development Center, we knew we wanted to open a quilt shop but had no idea where to begin. Linda Decker and her staff walked us through each step, from developing our business plan to providing training for Quick Books and the actual operation of a business. Had it not been for the staff at Flory, our quilt shop which opened in April would most likely still be a dream!
— Serendipity Quilting Studio
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I love this place. Linda has been helping my company for years now in succeeding with my business. Very great staff! They offer work shops, advice, marketing classes and more. I highly recommend to anyone trying to start a business or revamping one already established.
— Jenny Robinson, All Star Duct Cleaning
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We Take Confidentiality Seriously

Every member of the Flory Center’s staff signs Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest documents annually.  We will not reveal your information to anyone without your expressed, written authorization.


Our History

WE all start small

The Flory Small Business Center, Inc. is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to business development, retention, and expansion.  Our tax exempt status was granted by the IRS on the basis that our program “lessens the burden of government.” Our program is funded by Prince William County, the Prince William County Industrial Development Authority, and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.  

The Flory Center was established in 1991 by the Prince William County Industrial Development Authority to serve the needs of the region’s existing businesses.  As time allows, we also work with start-up entrepreneurs.  We are the extra hands that work with small business owners and start up entrepreneurs primarily through one-on-one consulting.  In addition, the Flory Center provides a variety of business workshops, advocacy on behalf of small businesses, information services, and library materials that are available for checkout.   

As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Flory Center’s staff helps small business clients access SBA loan programs for working capital and real estate purchases.  We assist eligible clients in obtaining certifications such as those offered by the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone programs.

In our 27 year history, the Flory Center has won local, state, and national awards.  We provide entrepreneurs with the tools and information they need.  Information that is accurate, specific, and timely can make a difference and is always an incentive.

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