I'm setting up a website for a local small business centre. The website is intended as a community resource (giving information on local clubs, schools, things to do, news and events) but also contains a small directory of local businesses (shops, restaurants and other services) giving their addresses, phone numbers and websites.
1. Is a directory such as this considered advertising?
2. Is it possible to have a "promotions" page whereby I give details of those businesses that have some kind of special offer for the month eg 'a free pedicure with every facial', or 'kids eat free with a paying adult', or something similar? Or would this be in breach of the advertising policy?
3. Is it possible to have advertisements in a sidebar that are "read only" ie that are not linked to anything? Our local businesses don't sell their goods online (hence no need for links) but we are trying to get our local residents to come to the village centre for their shopping and eating. The website does not currently have these advertisements but it is quite possible that I may get this request in the future.
I would appreciate some clarification on these three points. Thanks :-)
The blog I need help with is mairangibayvillage.wordpress.com.