Preferred Systems is a company that began in Erie 20 years ago, and expanded to provide continuing education and pre-licensing training around the country.

And with more and more professions requiring certifications and licenses business keeps growing.

The company began by focusing on drug and alcohol counseling. But now the firm is involved in educational programs for nearly 50 different professions.

And more conferences and classes means Preferred Systems is likely to continue the growth it has seen in recent years.

Company President Mike Chevalier said, "We have been growing 20-25% every year. Our profits have gone up the past 5 years, 20-30%."