"As for the offering of firstfruits, you shall offer them to the Lord" Levititcus 2:12 "Honour the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase." Proverbs 3:9 For every new product or service, the first three months net profit is to be donated to one or more charities, as selected by the board of directors. All employees are welcome to nominate a recipient charity.

"Render therefore to Ceasar the things that are Ceasar's, and to God the things that are God's." Matthew 22:21 The business shall pay all taxes, duties, levies, etc imposed upon it by the government of the land. Tax minimisation accounting practises shall not be used.

"He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage" Proverbs 11:28 After a good or prosperous year, every effort should be made to ensure that existing clients remain satisfied with services provided, and ways be sought to improve all existing products and services, as well as developing new products.

"A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel." Proverbs 12:10 In all the business operations it shall consider the ecology, and peruse the paths that are least damaging. Should the nature of the business diversify such that it has a direct dealing with animals, its treatment shall always be humane. (eg: animals are not to be used as testing guinea pigs) Similarly, it shall not deal with any business that does not have a similar care for animals, or the environment generally.

"The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty." Proverbs 21:5 The business is to make plans, but they are to be directed toward the client, not itself. Plans as to how to better serve the clients, such as product improvements, new services, or lower prices, are desirable. However, plans to capture 25% of the market, or to become 'market leader', are self centred and ultimately will lead to the downfall of the business.

"The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." Proverbs 22:7 The business shall not borrow money to fund its operation, nor run an overdraft greater than its current outstanding billings. The business has an obligation to both its employees and their families, and to its clients and customers to be a continuously viable business entity. Thus, it should not enter into commitments that it cannot be sure that it can meet. It may be possible for the business to service the repayments of a loan today, but in a few months time the market could slow down, and that loan then becomes a burden, which may result in staff having to be laid off, which would reduce the quality of the service provided to clients. ("Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth." Proverbs 27:1)

"Do you see a man who excels in his work/is prompt in his business? He will stand before kings, he will not stand before unknown men." Proverbs 22:29 Here is the secret to success: do an excellent job, the best we can, and under all conditions, and it will be known throughout the market place.

"Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings, then fly away like an eagle toward heaven." Proverbs 23:4-5 The objective of this business is not to make money, but to provide products and services to help other organisations operate more efficiently, through the intelligent application of computing technology, thus generating stable and interesting jobs in both.

"If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small." Proverbs 24:10 Among the successful projects, both internally and at clients, there will be disappointments and failures. It is how we stand up to the disappointments, accept responsibility for, and learn from the failures, that will determine the real strength of the business.

"A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished." Proverbs 27:12 Everyone knows that there will be good times and bad times, prosperous and lean. During the prosperous times, build up a reserve to cover the lean time, so that the business does not have to rely on overdrafts or borrowing.

"Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds;" Proverbs 27:23 Watch the market in which the business trades, understand its needs and trends. Similarly, watch where the industry as a whole is headed, so that products and services can be built or adapted accordingly. It would also be prudent to follow the general political activities of all countries in which the business trades, as well as global politics.

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