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Stumptown Startups: Finding free birthday fun

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If it's your birthday, you could setup a whole day full of fun, free activities, thanks to a new app called bdayfreeday.

A free drink, a round of mini golf on the house, or how about learning Jiu Jitsu without paying a dime? 

PORTLAND, Ore. — If it's your birthday, you could setup a whole day full of fun, free activities, thanks to a new app called bdayfreeday.

Rogue Robertson came up with the idea back in 2011 when he was trying to figure out what to do for his birthday.

He's working out of a home office now and he gave us a sneak peak at the app to show us how it works.

It's simple. You just pull up their map function, and the app shows you all the businesses around you offering birthday deals.

He's just starting out, there's only six companies signed up so far, but he and his partner have big plans.

"He wants to start with Portland, get 20-30 businesses going here. Then Seattle, do the same thing there. Then maybe Eugene, San Francisco and get the west coast going.

The app will be free to download once it debuts next week.

Stumptown Startups: A brotherly business fashions wooden glasses

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Josh Cooksey, of McMinnville, Oregon, cuts out a pair of glasses from wood using a scroll saw. He and his 15-year-old brother, Matt, have created their own line of wooden glasses.

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Most kids their age might spend their free time playing video games or hanging out with friends.

Stumptown Startups: 'Power to the people' kind of investing

Stumptown Startups: 'Power to the people' kind of investing »Play Video
Nick Lambert's company, Machine Studios, was one of the first companies featured on Chroma Fund's website.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- They are just starting out. There're only two companies you can invest in so far, but Chroma Fund CEO Marcus Estes says thanks to the booming tech industry in Portland, that number could eventually be in the hundreds.

Share your lip balm, skip the germs

Share your lip balm, skip the germs »Play Video
Abby Schwalb (right) and her business partner Liz Moscow appear on ABC's Shark Tank.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- She is the latest local entrepreneur to step into the Shark Tank.

Local startup hopes sharks have a sweet tooth

Local startup hopes sharks have a sweet tooth »Play Video
Workers at Scratch & Grain assemble the company's "Cookie Kit."

TIGARD, Ore. -- Welcome to the worldwide headquarters of Scratch & Grain, the latest startup to get the attention of the sharks.

Taya Geiger and Leah Tutin will be featured on ABC's Tuesday night episode of Shark Tank. They are neighbors turned business partners. Leah came up with the idea of an easy-to-use baking kit back in 2012 after her kids wanted to make some cookies at home.

Startups find success with help from Oregon Story Board

Startups find success with help from Oregon Story Board »Play Video
Nick Lambert of Mountain Machine Studios takes the stage at the Hollywood Theater to talk about his startup success with Oregon Story Board.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- They sold out an entire room at the Hollywood Theater. Hundreds of people came to hear about the success of five startups that turned their dreams into reality, thanks to a lot of help from Oregon Story Board.

Nick Lambert of Mountain Machine Studios thought it would be easy to develop his idea into an app until he realized just how hard it was.

Startup promises jeans that fit perfectly

Startup promises jeans that fit perfectly »Play Video
Crystal Beasley runs her jeans business out of her Portland apartment.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Welcome to the worldwide headquarters of Qcut, well actually it's just Crystal Beasley's apartment.