Veteran Owned Business Creates Legacy in Gahanna

Ohio Laser Creations, located at 78 N. Hamilton Road Suite 1, is owned and operated by Gahanna residents Amy and Earl Chapman. Earl, a U.S. Navy Veteran, served as an illustrator / draftsman in the 1980s aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43) homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.  

November 1-5 marks National Veterans Small Business Week. Per the Small Business Administration, 9 percent of all U.S. companies are veteran-owned, accounting for two million businesses that employ five million people who collectively earn $200 billion in payroll. 

After selling handcrafted, personalized gifts at local fairs and festivals for 20 years, the Chapmans pivoted to running a storefront space in the bustling Gahanna Square plaza in 2019.  Earl’s service in the U.S. Navy aided his transition into a small business owner.   

“Just like working the U.S. Navy, I give 110 percent to ensure the highest standards of perfection are met. I wouldn’t give something to a customer that I wouldn’t feel comfortable presenting to a Captain on a ship,” explained Earl.  

The Chapman’s insistence on personalized perfection has earned national notoriety. Ohio Laser Creations collaborated with the U.S. White House to craft both wooden emblem seals and leather bag seals illustrating the 43rd president of the United States that are now featured at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Additionally, Earl’s artwork was featured in the 1996 blockbuster movie Independence Day. Earl designed the Black Knights VMFA 314 patch that was affixed to actor Will Smith’s flight suit. 

“Locally, we create awards and emblems for the Army National Guard on Taylor Road in Gahanna. We’ve worked closely with the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base. In the corporate world, we assist DHL in producing Chester Murphy awards for their U.S. Navy veteran employees,” explained Earl. 

The Chapmans are eager to drive more foot traffic into their store, covered in wall-to-wall ornaments, chimes, wooden craft models and other unique gifts. This holiday season, local customers can enjoy collaborating with the Chapmans to design ‘personalized gifts from the heart’, the motto of Ohio Laser Creations. Military discounts are also honored at Ohio Laser Creations.  

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