WomensNet.net Amber is back — and for women starting small businesses, this year’s $500 grant could make all the difference.  With an application deadline of October 31st, 2008, the WomensNet.net Amber Grant helps cover start-up expenses like buying or upgrading equipment, hiring a Web site designer or advertising.  “Our primary focus is assisting women who are trying to start small home-based or online businesses,” explaines Josh Prewitt, president of WomensNet.net. “No repayment is required or expected, although WomensNet.net hopes the winner will pass on the kindness by mentoring and helping others along the way.”  Founded in 1998 by Melody Wigdahl, WomensNet.net is an online women’s business community that exists to help women succeed in small business. The Amber Grant was created in memory of Wigdahl’s sister, who died at 19. Wigdahl established the grant to help other women in her sister’s name. “WomensNet.net is a supportive, encouraging environment for women in business and those who hope to become business owners,” said Prewitt. “In addition to the Amber Grant, the site offers a wealth of resources and information to women at all stages of business ownership. We invite women to apply for the Amber Grant and take a shot at realizing their dreams.”