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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.

Portland startup making 3D-printed prosthetic hands wins Pitchlandia

Portland startup making 3D-printed prosthetic hands wins Pitchlandia »Play Video
Jordan Nickerson (background) is making these prosthetic hands with a 3-D printer.

It’s dubbed Pitchlandia, but it’s more like a local version of Shark Tank than Portlandia. Portlanders pitch their best business ideas and the audience decides who walks away with cash.

Ultimately, we get to see the new startup companies emerging in Portland, and maybe use their products, while the startups get a little extra financial support.

Cancer survivor creates stylish, sun-protective clothing line

Cancer survivor creates stylish, sun-protective clothing line »Play Video
Summer Kramer created her own line of sun-protective clothing after she was diagnosed with skin cancer and discovered few clothing options.

When doctors diagnosed Summer Kramer with skin cancer in 2007, she knew she had to change how she protected herself from the sun.

“For me it was life-changing, I was a 26-year-old who thought I was immune to every type of ailment you could find,” Kramer said. “It’s terrifying.”

Portland's WebCease helps secure digital lives after death

Portland's WebCease helps secure digital lives after death »Play Video
A screen capture from the WebCease home page.

Have you ever thought about what happens to your Facebook account when you die? What about your iTunes and Amazon accounts? Even reward programs, like airline miles, are considered your digital assets that could ultimately be vulnerable to identity theft and leave your family members stressed and confused.

Research shows the average American has $55,000 in digital assets, so Portland startup WebCease is working to help grieving families sort it all out. Founder and CEO Glenn C. Williamson is officially launching the company this week but pursued the idea after his own mom died a couple years ago.

Portland startup hopes to change the face of medical training

Portland startup hopes to change the face of medical training »Play Video
Michelle Oulman (not pictured) and her daughter, Emelia, have agreed to be videotaped and added to the ReelDX video library for future learning.

Portland startup, ReelDx, believes it’s leading to better, faster medical diagnoses in children and potentially saving lives.

Not every startup can say that.

Dear Mommy, is it snack time yet? New email app designed for kids

Dear Mommy, is it snack time yet? New email app designed for kids

PORTLAND, Ore. – You’re never too young to LOL.

That’s what Vin Thomas is banking on, at least.

Thomas is raising funds to start an email app called Cubtab, aimed specifically at children as young as three or four years old.

“Rather than just throw them into the deep waters of the internet, we wanted to find a way to introduce them to email, messaging and the internet in a fun and safe way,” he said.