All folks are encouraged to visit our forums, including business owners. I know how hard it is to promote your goods and services. It is fine to list your business' website in your signature, and your business contact info in your profile. We believe it is perfectly acceptable to promote your business in the context of participating on the boards. (i.e Someone asks if they know a good electrician - it is fine to reply and say "As a matter of fact, I am an electrician and would be happy to quote your work - my info is listed in my profile - give me a call") For people whose main intent here (or apparent result) is to advertise their business, then they need to contact us for advertising rates. Rates can be found Here Moderators will delete posts that are purely meant to solicit business. Obviously, if vendors are interested in bartering services, making donations, etc., it never hurts to ask.