Voting begins for The Downtownys

Voting has begun for annual awards that recognize businesses and projects that have contributed to the revitalization of downtown Eau Claire.

The general public can go online to surveymonkey.com/r/9PSKRWJ to cast their votes for nominees in five categories.

Awards will recognize an existing business, event from 2018, newly opened business, recent renovation project and new development.

Finalists will be announced later this month and winners will get their awards at a March 13 banquet at The Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson St.

Jamf software now on 12M devices

Eau Claire-born software company Jamf ended 2018 with another year of record growth.

More than 12 million Apple-brand devices worldwide are managed by Jamf’s software, with 3 million of those added during the past year, according to a company news release.

The company also added 7,100 customers — a 57 percent increase — in 2018, including businesses, educational institutions and organizations.

Jamf, which has an office building in downtown Eau Claire, added 138 jobs to its international workforce during 2018.

Company co-founder Zach Halmstad said last month in a speech to business leaders gathered in Eau Claire that Jamf’s total workforce stood at almost 900. About a quarter of those employees work in Eau Claire.

Merger nibbles at CCF’s earnings

The parent company of Citizens Community Federal Bank saw smaller net earnings in the final quarter of 2018 when compared to the same three months in the prior year.

Eau Claire-based Citizens Community Bancorp reported $1.26 million in net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018 — a reduction from the $1.34 million seen a year before.

Merger-related expenses accounted for much of the difference as CCF Bank completed its acquisition of Osseo-based United Bank during the recent quarter. A CCF Bank news release said the quarter did bring strong organic loan and deposit growth and improved asset quality.

On Jan. 24, the company’s board of directors agreed to an annual cash dividend of 20 cents per share — the same stockholders got a year ago. The dividend will be payable on March 8 for those who were stockholders of record on Feb. 8.

CCF recently announced another merger in progress with plans to acquire Tomah-based Farmers & Merchants Bank.

From staff reports