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MBA Press Release

Mindy Lehman, Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Communications 
443-837-1613 / 
[email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     April 27, 2020


Maryland Banks Report Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program System Difficulties

Annapolis, Maryland, April 27, 2020 – The Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the E-Tran system for Paycheck Protection Program loan application submissions this morning at 10:30am.  Maryland banks and small businesses across the State have worked together to prepare to upload applications in this new round of funding and had been anxiously waiting for this program to restart.  Unfortunately, due to access difficulties, most applications are still waiting to be uploaded.  

Maryland Bankers Association’s President and CEO Kathleen Murphy stated, “Banks of all sizes across Maryland have been reporting significant difficulties accessing the E-Tran system, beginning at 10:31 a.m. today.  While we deeply appreciate the herculean efforts of U.S. Treasury and SBA to launch and relaunch this massive program, within a very right timeframe, it is crucial that these technology access challenges be resolved as quickly as possible.” Murphy emphasized, “For the more than 26,000 Maryland small businesses that have received funding already, the Paycheck Protection Program has been a real lifeline.  For those with pending applications, MBA’s member banks share the frustration and angst they are hearing from their small business clients.  Illustrating the issue, an MBA member bank reported, “The SBA system is basically unavailable.  We have gotten five of 80 PPP loan applications submitted in the past four hours.”   According to Murphy, “Banks are continuing to upload applications around the clock to overcome these systems access issues."

MBA urges the SBA to address the system access issues as quickly as possible.  MBA will continue to monitor the status of SBA’s E-Tran system and will communicate to member banks and the SBA as needed.                   

 Founded in 1896, the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) is the only Maryland-based trade group representing banks in the state.  MBA's member banks employ about 28,266 banking professionals in nearly 1,490 branch offices across the state.                                        

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