About the Survey
Dr. Sara Hansen and her New & Emerging Media students at the Department of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are conducting a study about small- to mid-size businesses. The study seeks input from these businesses related to marketing and social media – whether the companies use social media or not. You are invited to take this 20-minute online survey as part of this study. The survey includes a wide range of questions about what you think and feel. No identifying information about your name, or the name of your company, will be asked. As such, your responses will be anonymous and confidential.

Risks and Benefits
We expect that this study will present no risks to you, other than the demand on your time. Participation in this study may not benefit you directly but will give you an opportunity to express your opinions about the subject. Findings will help inform the business community about the subject, with potential to increase awareness and resources for businesses.

Your survey data will be anonymously recorded and all information will be confidential. We will not release any information that may identify you.

Freedom to Withdraw
If you want to stop taking the survey at any time, you may simply close out of it. Your participation is voluntary.

Offer to Answer Inquiries
If you would like to learn results of the study, or have any questions about it, please contact:
Dr. Sara Hansen, Department of Journalism
UW Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901
920/424-7147 –

Third Party Referral
If you have any concerns about your treatment as a participant in this study, please call or write:
Chair, Institutional Review Board For Protection of Human Participants
c/o Grants Office
UW Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Although the chairperson may ask for your name, all complaints are kept in confidence.

This research project has been approved by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh IRB for Protection of Human Participants for a one-year period, valid until February 2014.

* 1. By checking the following box, I agree that I have received an explanation of the study and will participate. I understand that my participation in this study is strictly voluntary and I may end the survey at any time.