Entrepreneurial Spirit – Molly Chan, Alliance Payment Solutions, RPS, JoyRide Pedal Tours and Heat Salon and Blowdry Bar
For entrepreneurs, success isn’t birthed from dollars, funding, donations or any other type of monetary guarantee. Those might be the fruit of your labor, tokens of earned admiration; but they’re not essentials. They are not the vision, the ethics or the tenacity that is the uniquely essential individual spirit. This year, the judges of the 2018 Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards search for that gifted spirit ended with none other than Molly Chan, owner and CEO of three premier regional businesses; Alliance Payment Solutions (Alliance), HEAT and JoyRide Pedal Tours.
Despite an initial reluctance to step into the shoes of a business owner, following the passing of husband Edward, who founded Alliance in 2003, Chan’s willingness to grow into the role has placed her comfortably at the helm of two additional businesses; each with personalities of theirs own. While she can’t select a favorite amongst the three burgeoning entities, having claimed them as her “babies,” it’s safe to say that each has been raised by a mother that places pride in allowing each to come into their own.
“I think for all three of the businesses, we really strive to think outside the box. We have had growth, but I think it’s because we are innovative,” said Chan. “We have core values that we stick to and all of our decisions revolve around those. We are true to that and it’s helped to guide us – we want to be on the edge of things and push ourselves instead of being comfortable in the middle. JoyRide and HEAT, specifically, were born from passion. I learned from my husband’s regrets – to have fun and live more. Life should be fun, and JoyRide and HEAT were started because I like to be creative and have fun and bring people joy, and both of these businesses accomplish that.”