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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.

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

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

– Robert Frost

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

– Charles Dickens

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

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– Steven Schussler

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

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

– Albert Einstein

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

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

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
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 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

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My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

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The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

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

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

– Norwegian proverb

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

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Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

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Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Henry David Thoreau

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
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– Mary Jean Irion

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

– Jack Kerouac

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

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– Steve Jobs

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck