History and Formation
In 2006, Patti Kadkhodaian and Wendy Maguire had an idea to do a t-shirt with the logos of women-owned businesses on the back. They found a local cause, the Cattle Barons Ball for the American Cancer Society.
After fundraising with t-shirts for a couple of years, Patti and Wendy formed a nonprofit organization. In 2009, this group of women first gathered to share information and create an atmosphere of professional community. That group quickly grew to become the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta (BWFC).
Since then, BWFC has risen to become a strong and unified group of woman-owned and woman-led businesses across two counties, expanding the network and the charitable giving to varied causes.
Business Woman of the Year
2018 Winner – Jennifer Lunsford, Jenn’s Healthy Life
2017 Winner – Maria Vigil, Founder and President, VProVantage, LLC,
2016 Winner – Laura Dzwigalski, Edward Jones
2015 Winner – Andra Prowant, Vista4D Coaching
2014 Winner – Sheila Rambeck, Rambeck Law
2013 Winner – Joni Smith, Mary Kay Consultant
2012 Winner – Ellie White-Stevens, Marketing Guru & Creative Director, Dirt1x
2010 Winner – Patti Kadkhodaian, Professional Speaker and President, AJAKO & Wendy Maguire, Founder Pedal for Pets and Owner, Maguire’s Family & Friends
The Mission of the BWFC is giving back for a better community.
The Business Women of Fayette and Coweta (BWFC) offers support for women in business by providing empowerment through networking and participation in community outreach.
Linking with other organizations and members to create worthwhile opportunities to give back to the community
Building awareness of women owned or lead businesses, both profit and non-profit in Fayette and Coweta counties, Georgia, through our profile raising activities
Providing leadership development and growth for BWFC members
Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
In principle and in practice, BWFC values and seeks a diverse and inclusive membership. BWFC seeks full participation in the organization by all women business owners and business leaders who support our mission to empower businesswomen, regardless of race, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. BWFC’s goal is to effectively represent the full diversity of women in the business community and to support their community interests by giving back to create a better community.
Leadership – Opportunities to Grow
There are numerous opportunities for women to develop their leadership skills within the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta. We invite everyone, from the newest member, to the most long-serving members to take on roles as they are interested.
Our Executive Board consists of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Member-At-Large, Membership Chair, Marketing Chair, Social Media Chair, Visitor Chair, Website Chair and O Christmas Tea Chair. These roles are filled by members with at least one year of service to the organization.
We also host an annual O Christmas Tea fundraiser led by a chair and a team of committee members. We invite and encourage newer members to serve on a committee to learn more about the organization and network with other members.