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To celebrate raising $40 million for continued expansion, Durham technology company iContact is busting out BBQ, blue grass and more.

Company officials will hold a party this afternoon for employees, investors, customers and others at their Durham offices. More than 450 people have RSVPed.

The festivities will run from 4 to 7 p.m., and include face painting, balloon animals, a magician, a bouncy house and a dunk tank.  The word from iContact spokesman Chuck Hester is that wunderkind CEO Ryan Allis will get wet.

A footnote in the e-invitation mentions that babysitters will not be available as planned (so parents will need to behave).

Allis, now 26, founded iContact with chairman Aaron Houghton in 2003 at UNC Chapel Hill. They have created a fun corporate culture with Nerf gun fights in the office and perks such as free car washes and monthly massages.

The company, which sells e-mail marketing software and services, now employs more than 220 people. It announced in late August that it attracted $40 million in venture capital financing to add hundreds of additional workers over the next few years.

The party is also partly a farewell to iContact's offices on Meridian Parkway. Next month, iContact is planning to move to bigger space in Morrisville.

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wow, I can't stand it.

"The festivities will run from 4 to 7 p.m., and include face painting, balloon animals, a magician, a bouncy house and a dunk tank."

"They have created a fun corporate culture with Nerf gun fights in the office and perks such as free car washes and monthly massages."

 

Wow, whoda thought?  That sounds so much better than getting a raise in my paycheck.

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Assistant Business Editor Alan M. Wolf joined the N&O in 1999 covering the business of health care. He became an editor in 2001, and helps oversee the paper's daily business coverage and Sunday Work&Money section. He lives in Clayton with his wife and two children. Reach him at 919-829-4572 or e-mail him.
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