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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.

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

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

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

– Thomas Carlyle

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

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

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Noela Evans

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

– John Lennon

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Eve Ensler

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

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

– Hindu Proverb

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

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

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

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

– J.K. Rowling

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

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

– William Blake

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– William Butler Yeats

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

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.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

– Robert Frost

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie