Innovation Economy

Time to get rid of ‘noncompete’ agreements

The agreements are wonderful for employers who want to keep employees from jumping ship. But they’re bad for workers and the state economy.

Lisa Summer (standing) with students at Anna Maria College, where she directs the music therapy program

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On the Job

Music therapist takes melodic approach to healing

A song can help repressed feelings to emerge, said Lisa Summer, one of more than 5,000 board-certified music therapists in the US.

Job Doc

What are career options in nursing?

The outlook for all health care professionals is very good as long as you are open to working in many environments.

Personal Finance

Guiding your children through picking a college, and all the costs

As you and your child are discussing which college to choose, walk through these points to discourage your child from ignoring the affordability issue.

Portside at East Pier in East Boston will eventually include residences, stores, restaurants, and a public path along the harbor.

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Portside at East Pier in East Boston will eventually include residences, stores, restaurants, and a public path along the harbor.

The Ferdinand Building is one of five major developments planned around Dudley Square, in the geographic core of the city.

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The Ferdinand Building is one of five major developments planned around Dudley Square, in the geographic core of the city.

The multibuilding Ink Block complex, being built at the former headquarters of the Boston Herald, will host the city’s largest Whole Foods.

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The multibuilding Ink Block complex, being built at the former headquarters of the Boston Herald, will host the city’s largest Whole Foods.

New frontiers of economic growth in Boston

For the first time in decades, the city’s neighborhoods — not just its downtown core — are benefiting from redevelopment.

Jim Matheson.

Seven things you should know about Jim Matheson

Flagship Ventures partner Jim Matheson is also chief executive of Oasys Water of Boston.

The luxurious Tesla Model S brims with innovation.

Product Review

Consumer Reports’ top picks in cars

Each of these picks is an exceptional, well-rounded vehicle.

Etiquette at Work

‘Reply all’ and ‘Forward’: Use with care

When e-mail etiquette comes up in seminars, people jump to mention several abuses.

As stocks gain in value, investors should take the time to rebalance their portfolios.

With taxes done, turn attention to investment portfolios

Your tax return can provide guidance on where you should go from here.

BetaBoston

Your source for the latest innovation and tech news.

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Nominate

Nominate your company for Top Places to Work

Love your job? Think your workplace is second to none? Here’s your chance to spread the word.

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.

Massachusetts housing prices

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Median sales prices have climbed above the 2005 peak in more than 60 Massachusetts communities. Compare the numbers for each Bay State city and town.

Globe 100

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The Boston Globe’s annual rankings of the best in Massachusetts business.

Top Places to Work

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The Globe’s annual survey of Massachusetts companies ranks the top largest, large, medium, and small employers in the state.

Fishy business

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A 2011 Globe investigation found widespread seafood mislabeling at Massachusetts stores and restaurants. A 2012 follow-up found not much has changed.

Globe Investigations

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.