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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Websites crashed, phones jammed and confusion reigned as small businesses rushed at today's kickoff to get their chunk of the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program.
"Borrowers are waiting for their money, but the banks' hands are tied because they can't get into the SBA's portal," Paul Merski, who heads up government relations for one of the biggest community bank advocacy groups, told Axios' Courtenay Brown.
Between the lines: Because many banks are only accepting existing business clients, and some other banks aren't processing PPP loans at all, it's likely that many small businesses will get left out because they picked the "wrong" bank years ago.
Axios' Dan Primack and Alayna Treene made an open call to Axios readers, asking them to share their experience this morning.
Go deeper: More anecdotes from the front lines
Above: A carpenter cuts plywood to cover a closed store in downtown Seattle.
Below: School buses sit parked in a lot as schools remain closed in Providence, R.I.
The National Orchestra of France is here to please, with a social media-friendly version of French composer Maurice Ravel's "Bolero," AP reports.
Behind the scenes: The musicians got their scores by email. They also got an audio track to listen to through headphones as they played.