Who We Are

Born in 2024 in Lansing, MI, MIpreneur stands as a testament to our commitment to fostering a vibrant and inclusive community for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professionals across Michigan. 

MIpreneur is a social learning and networking community where members can explore, connect, and thrive, together. We host bi-monthly events that focus on topics related to the entire experience of building a brand or business in Michigan. As a volunteer-based organization, we operate through sponsors, partners, and donations.

Hosted by: Desi M. Slaughter of Brand & Press Studio and Paul Schmidt of UnoDeuce Multimedia

"The Location Never Changes, But the People Do."

Meet the Hosts

Desi M. Slaughter

Owner/Branding & Marketing Specialist, Brand & Press Studio

Desiree’ “Desi” Slaughter is a Creative Professional, Certified Techie, Digital Creator. By day, she works as a Marketing Director and is the Founder of Brand & Press Studio in Lansing, MI. Desi specializes in Branding, WordPress Websites, Content Marketing, and Business Strategy.

A strong believer in owning your identity and the benefits of technology, Desi uses her online presence to empower, educate, and entertain those within her reach by sharing her personal and professional experiences. Through her blog and entrepreneurial endeavors, she is telling her story, sharing the journey of chasing her dreams, and helping others with what she learns along the way.

To connect with Desi and follow her journey, you can find her pretty much anywhere online as ‘@desimslaughter’ or visit her website https://www.desimslaughter.com or to work with her, learn more by visiting https://www.brandnpress.com.

Paul J. Schmidt

Owner/Creative Video Strategist, UnoDeuce Multimedia

Paul Schmidt its the Owner and Creative Video Strategist at UnoDeuce Multimedia in Lansing, MI. With over a decade in media production, Paul's journey spans live TV for ESPN to church services. As Owner and Creative Video Strategist, he's turned UnoDeuce into a leading media solution for Michigan nonprofits.

Paul is in his 19th year as owner and Creative Video Strategist for UnoDeuce Multimedia, a Lansing, MI based video storytelling agency that works with non-profit organizations and socially responsible small businesses to document why they do what they do and how they make a positive impact on their communities. Prior to starting his own company, Paul served as Director of Video Productions at Evergreen Youth Television a non-profit video training and production facility in Seattle, WA and has worked in broadcast television in a variety of ways including field audio for ESPN during Super Bowl XL in Detroit and as producer/director for Cooking with Cathy a regionally created cooking show with an audience of 250,000.

Paul was born and raised in Petoskey, MI and received his broadcasting degree from Western Michigan University. He is an active volunteer and sponsor for many local events, business organization, non-profit committees and is a member of two Chambers of Commerce. He also sits on the boards for the Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association and Local First Mid-Michigan. He currently resides in Lansing, MI where he spends time frequenting local establishments with his wife, Elisa, son Eddie and dog, Duchess. Institute Micro-Entrepreneur of the Year award, recognizing his entrepreneurial spirit. Inspired by the digital revolution, he founded UnoDeuce, leveraging a strong network and seizing an opportunity from a closing video company.

Today, UnoDeuce is a full-service video production company known for creative visual storytelling. Connect with Paul at https://www.unodeuce.com and witness the power of visual storytelling.

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Why Join?

Are you an entrepreneur, professional, or business owner located in Michigan? Are you looking for a supportive community to help you grow your brand or business? Well, you're in the right place! 

Whether you are an industry expert or just embarking on your entrepreneurial journey, MIpreneur is your go-to destination for learning, growth, and connection in the thriving Michigan business community. We invite you to join us and grow together!

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