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Tricia Mininger, Business Banker, PNC Bank

Tricia Mininger, business banker for PNC Bank, manages business and nonprofit banking relationships for clients in the Greater Washington, DC, market. She excels at finding solutions for her clients’ cash-flow needs and is an expert in deposit and lending services.

Tricia also is a certified Women’s Business Advocate for PNC, one of 500 bankers in the company educated to better understand the challenges and opportunities for women in business. Tricia holds bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Hispanic Languages and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing an MBA at George Washington University. She resides in Arlington, Virginia.

For more information, contact Tricia at patricia.mininger@pnc.com, or by phone at 202 835-2673.

About PNC Bank

PNC, one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations, provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to more than five million consumer and small business customers across 15 states and the District of Columbia.

As part of its longstanding commitment to offering financial advice and solutions to women-owned businesses, PNC recently commissioned a national survey of women business owners. The survey found that while most owners are pleased with their financial results, they are far more optimistic about their own company than the regional or U.S. economy.

More information, including detailed results of the survey, can be found on the PNC website at www.pnc.com.

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad