i got the .htm file up as well as the .gif, but am not sure how to apply the rounded background and make the button funtion at the same time.
Text fields and submit buttons (even if they're round and have "go" on them) are HTML form elements. Simple graphics with hot spots won't do the job. You need to create your form in Dreamweaver or some other editor. Fireworks is not an HTML authoring environment.
Tutorial search...lots to choose from.
Making forms look nice:
In addition, if you aren't sending the response to an external server, then you also need form-handling code on your own server. Fireworks is certainly not a back-end code-writing environment!