What is the purpose of this academic study?
The Banking, Entrepreneurship, Regulations, and Taxes (BERT) Study is a collaboration of University researchers from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business who are dedicated to studying and promoting dialogue on banking, entrepreneurship, taxes, and regulations. None of the researchers involved have any material stake in any business in the survey, any business relationships with any business owners, managers or employees in the survey, or any other conflicts of interest. Our interest in this research is focused on the advancement of business knowledge and on informing policy.
No. This academic research study is not a disguised sales pitch or an attempt to solicit money. It is solely a research study. At no time will you be asked to buy anything or contribute money to any foundation. Your name and your business name will never be sold or provided to anyone, they will be kept strictly confidential.
What are the benefits of participating?
Businesses that participate will receive aggregated market research reports on your industry and location as a "thank you" for completing the survey. If done for a profit, this type of research would typically be quite expensive. The participation of all businesses is crucial to ensure that our findings are accurate and representative, because the findings may influence future policy changes. All information will be kept confidential, and you will not be asked to buy anything or make a contribution.