Online community fights back against corona

Structure of the coronovirus. Photo by CDC on Unsplash.
Structure of the coronovirus. Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

Last updated 6 months ago by Michael Darmanin

Many entrepreneurs in Utrecht are facing struggles regarding accessibility to their businesses. Rather than just wait to see if there are hard times ahead, instead they are being given the opportunity to adapt and enter the digital environment.

Announced today, the Digital Help Squad will be made available to help consult and teach the community how to acclimate to this digital climate. This marks one of the first large scale responses to the coronavirus’ impact on the financial sector.

The Digital Help Squad is being launched by DDA, Digital Dutch Agencies, one of the country’s leading associations for the digital sector and a knowledge platform that is comprised of the country’s top digital consulting agencies.

The newly launched program will focus on helping schools and care homes transition to their online learning and communication platforms. It will also assist small business owners and entrepreneurs who may not have a professional online presence, like florists, hairdressers, and physical shops. These entities have remained somewhat unaddressed in public health concerns, and are looking for new ways to function in light of the current situation.

This announcement comes at a time when it is desperately needed, after markets continue to take a plunge in the United States and the world is nervous in anticipation of a looming recession. The efforts from the DDA may allow the Dutch economy to remain strong in the face of adversity.

The Digital Help Squad will be operating through several online digital consulting hours presented in webinars. These webinars will differ by producer in different regions in the country. The webinar in the region of Utrecht will take place between 8-9 pm on March 31 and April 2. In order to tune and take part of this community effort you can follow their zoom link and get more information on


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Flora Lehmann

Flora Lehmann

Flora Lehmann is a German-American student. She has been living in the Netherlands for the last four years and recently moved to Utrecht to study Literature. She aspires to consult and report about relevant news and ideas in media. Flora has a background in economics and enjoys discussing business and growth methods. She has a keen literary mind and writes in her spare time.

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