Could local CEOs hold sway in a Trump White House?

Our CEO president, the first without political experience, will likely seek out other business leaders for guidance.

At a theater near you: Jolly Green Giant

Making frozen vegetables hip is a daunting task, but B&G Foods thinks it has just the guy to do it.

Tom Price was first elected representative in 2004.


Investments by Trump’s HHS pick raise ethical questions

The public spotlight might be on President-elect Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest, but Representative Tom Price could have problems of his own.

Insurers urge state to reject $1b Children’s Hospital expansion project

The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans said the $1 billion project would increase medical spending statewide.

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Selecta will license technology to Spark to speed gene therapy development

Watertown’s Selecta will license its synthetic vaccine particles technology to Philadephia-based Spark for use in experimental gene therapies targeting hemophilia.

Amazon launches a grocery story and nixes the checkout line

The company is testing a brick-and-mortar grocery store model in Seattle that works without checkout lines.

Walsh to push new tenant protections

Mayor Martin Walsh is wading into a contentious battle over renters’ rights in Boston.

Liberty Mutual to buy Ironshore for $3 billion

Boston-based Liberty Mutual plans to purchase Ironshore Inc., a speciality insurer that covers several government agencies, including the CIA.

Italy referendum result has little impact on markets

The euro clawed back earlier losses and equities climbed as contagion from the political turmoil was contained.

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One of the posts that appeared on T.J. Maxx’s official Facebook page.

NSFW posts pop up on T.J. Maxx’s Facebook page

The official Facebook page of Framingham-based corporate retailer T.J. Maxx appeared to fall victim to hackers on Sunday.

Those who opposed Italy’s constitutional referendum celebrated near the Palazzo Chigi.

Euro slides to a 20-month low as Renzi concedes referendum defeat

The euro fell to the lowest level since March 2015 as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he will resign.

If US companies bring back billions from overseas, who profits?

US companies might bring back billions if Trump cuts corporate taxes, but they probably won’t use the money to create jobs or do more drug research.

Eric S. Rosengren is president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Boston Fed chief: Independent Fed important to economic health

Despite Donald Trump’s scorching criticism, the US economy benefits from limited political interference in the central bank, said Eric Rosengren.


Which gift cards will get you the biggest hugs?

You love to shop in search of just the right gift. It’s your calling.

Alpine Bearing, a second-generation family-run business led by Jim Levin, has more than $10 million worth of bearings in stock — 600,000 parts.

On the Job

Alpine keeps its (ball) bearings

Alpine Bearing, a second-generation family-run business run by Jim Levin, includes a manufacturing clean room to reassemble bearings for custom applications.

Consumer Alert

More about those annoying iPhone 6 shutdowns

You might be eligible for a battery replacement, but Apple still hasn’t offered a good explanation for the problem.

Consumer Reports

Don’t make these health insurance mistakes

There’s a good chance you’re paying more than you need to.

Larry Jefferson, a.k.a. Santa, posed for a photo with Jack Kivel at the Mall of America,

Mall of America brings diversity to Santa

The nation’s largest mall is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this weekend.

Tech startups to be offered banking charters

Federal bank regulators are planning to offer a new type of national banking charter to technology companies that provide financial services.

Job Doc

New job in Boston, but her friends are in Dallas

How get over the relocation blues after transferring to a new city.

Kris Krane.

Five things you should know about Kris Krane

The investor and advocate reflects on two decades in the world of marijuana.

FCC criticizes AT&T, Verizon on data exemptions

U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers’ cellphones.

Vantel Pearls workers in Mansfield mounted the pearls in prepurchased settings, including necklaces and rings.

Facebook Live is reinventing the sales party

Vantel Pearls, a relatively obscure company with a unusual gimmick, appears to be on the vanguard of using Facebook Live to make fast cash.

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 15: A 'now hiring' sign is seen at the Toys

US unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent

The US economy added 178,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent, a level not seen since August 2007.

Airbnb says state, cities lost out on $15m in missed tax revenue

Airbnb Inc. said state and local governments could have received at least $15 million over the past year from hotel taxes on its users.

Boston biotech Acetylon being acquired by Celgene

Privately held Boston biotech company Acetylon Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is developing drugs to treat blood cancer and other diseases.

A billboard outside Fenway Park, visible from Lansdowne Street shows train times on digital display. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

A big billboard outside Fenway Park to help you keep track of your train

The display comes from a Washington, D.C.-based startup, TransitScreen.

Trump to consult elite business leaders for economic advice

Current and former executives from Boston Consulting Group and General Electric are among the leaders who will offer their insight to Trump.

US health spending rises at fastest rate in eight years

The United States spent $3.2 trillion on health care in 2015, a 5.8 percent increase over 2014.

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 15: A 'now hiring' sign is seen at the Toys

Unemployment rate falls to 9-year low

The US unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent last month, though not for the best reason: Many of the unemployed gave up looking for work.

During a trade 2011 trade mission to Israel, then-governor Deval Patrick visited a market in Tel Aviv.


State needs a YouTube strategy to market itself to other countries

Traditional trade missions are expensive and inefficient. It’s time for Massachusetts to try a digital approach.

After extending an olive branch in September, the New England Aquarium is back to waging a war with Don Chiofaro over his project to redevelop the Harbor Garage.

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Peace on the Boston waterfront? Not this year

After extending an olive branch in September, the New England Aquarium is back to waging a war with developer Don Chiofaro.

FILE -- A man walking under a sign for the University of Phoenix campus in Philadelphia, Dec. 3, 2004. Apollo Education Group, the owner of the University of Phoenix and other for-profit educational institutions, said Feb. 8, 2016, that it had agreed to be taken private by a consortium of investors in a deal valued at $1.1 billion. (Tim Shaffer/The New York Times)

Graduate enrollment at for-profit colleges shows surprising growth

Nearly a half-million people are borrowing $5 billion a year to pursue advanced degrees from for-profit colleges and universities

Visa and Mastercard will give merchants until October 2020 to adopt chip-card technology, three years later than previously planned.

Visa, Mastercard delay deadline for upgrade of gasoline pumps

Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. pushed back the deadline for installing chip-card readers in US gasoline pumps

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz will give up the reins of the world’s largest coffee business in April.

Starbucks chief Howard Schultz to step down next year

Schultz will hand over to his personally selected successor the management of the company he built into the world’s largest coffee business.

State health data agency is cutting 65 jobs

The Center for Health Information and Analysis must reduce its budget by $45 million over five years.

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 29, 2016, before the House Financial Services Committee investigating Wells Fargo's opening of unauthorized customer accounts. Cliff Owen/AP

Wells Fargo splits chairman, chief executive jobs

Wells Fargo & Co. changed its bylaws to require a separate chairman and chief executive officer, breaking with most of its US peers.

According to data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 4.08 percent with an average 0.5 point.

Mortgage rates reach highs not seen in more than a year

Mortgage rates sustained their upward march this week without any indication that their trajectory will slow anytime soon.

City leaders are offering a new vision for the empty track, affectionately known as Track 61, that runs from the railyards at South Boston’s western edge north to the waterfront.

City leaders see new use for old South Boston railroad track

In a new master plan for Boston, officials said they would like to see a spur of the Fairmount Line extended to the South Boston waterfront.

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence toured a Carrier plant in Indianapolis Thursday.

Carrier deal done, Trump to dial up more companies on jobs

The president-elect promised to make more deals to prevent jobs from moving overseas.

President-elect Donald Trump.

What likely won’t change under Trump: Foreign investment in Boston

Billions of dollars in global capital has sluiced into the city’s real estate market in recent years.

Friday’s business agenda

US unemployment rate, conferences, and more notable events and things to know.

Oil, banks take Dow to new high

Tech companies plunged Thursday but big gains for bank and oil stocks pulled the Dow to a record high.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

Starbucks says Schultz to step down as CEO, become chairman

Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from the coffee chain that he joined more than 30 years ago.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin filed suit against Roger S. Zullo of LPL Financial, alleging he defrauded clients.

Mass. secretary of state files charges against investment adviser

An adviser with Boston’s LPL Financial allegedly sold costly variable annuities to retirees and health care workers, reaping $1.8 million in commissions.

Needham Bank gets a new executive

Former big-bank executive Joe Campanelli, who ran Sovereign Bank for several years, will be taking charge of Needham Bank in January.


Gifts in the ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ now cost $34,363

The price of turtle doves spiked, but most other gifts listed in the carol stayed the same price or became cheaper from last year.

Bluebird shares soar 17 percent on multiple myeloma trial

The Cambridge biotech reported encouraging results from an early-stage study of its experimental cancer immunotherapy.

FILE - This Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, shows Kellogg's cereal products, in Orlando, Fla. On its website, amid news of Pop-Tarts and Frosted Flakes, Kellogg touted a distinguished-sounding “breakfast council” of “independent experts” dedicated to guiding its nutritional efforts. Nowhere did it say that Kellogg paid the council members and spoon-fed them talking points about the benefits of cereal and breakfast, according to a copy of a contract and email exchanges obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Breitbart News urges boycott of Kellogg after brand abandons site

The cereal maker pulled advertising from the website, whose former chairman is a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump.

Hundreds of prospective employees cue up in a serpentine line during a National job fair at a hotel in Boston, Monday, March 23, 2009. The government said Thursday, March 26, initial jobless benefit claims rose slightly last week while the number of people continuing to claim benefits set a record for the ninth straight week. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

A recession is coming, and we’re not prepared to deal with it

Not once in the full sweep of history has the United States gone more than 10 years without a recession.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

Shirley Leung


Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.