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Rivas shares love of computers with locals

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Miguel Rivas, owner of Mazzinni, specializes in computer sales and repair at his downtown Worthington store.

WORTHINGTON -- Miguel Rivas' business philosophy is simple:

"I love computers," he explained, enthusiasm shining in his eyes. "When you love something, you have to be on that."

The El Salvador native said he did a lot of research into starting his own business, but had a hard time finding people who could advise him. He called the Secretary of State's office -- and learned he was only one tax ID number away from having his own store.

Rivas opened his computer sales and repair shop, Mazzinni, June 30 in downtown Worthington.

"This name is hard to forget," he said.

He's currently developing a Mazzinni website with a virtual store, but so far, he has enjoyed a steady stream of business even without an online presence.

"I've had many people here," he said, producing a several-page list of those who have already purchased computers or other parts.

He's keeping track of his customer base because he plans to enter all buyers in a drawing for a computer he built himself. Rivas also plans a cash giveaway on the one-year anniversary of Mazzinni's opening.

He sells all brands of computers, many purchased from Chantilly, Va.-based CedarPC. Rivas also offers computer classes on a client-by-client basis.

"I work with their schedule," he said. "There's many people that (don't) know how to use the computer, and I'll give the classes free to them."

The entrepreneur himself is a self-taught computer guru, who previously worked milking cows.

Mazzinni is located at 327 11th St.; the phone number is (507) 343-0020. The store is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.