Local businesses got an extra boost for Small Business Saturday.
Texas Star owner Carol Dromgoole said consumers should shop at local businesses because they are the ones that give back to the community.
"There is a time and place to shop at big discount stores. The small local stores are the ones who donate to your charities and participate in community events. Today is an important day for us," said Dromgoole.
Some shoppers waited for this day all week so they could support their local business.
"It's so very important. Who are the first people we call when we need something in the community? Our local business owners of course," said Arlieta Jones, who spent the day shopping downtown.
Small business owners said they're the backbone of the community since they give back to local charities and organizations. But they said the only way they can do that is with the support of the public.
"We are the community. We are a big part of it and we give a lot back. We want to give back and the only way we can do this is if the local people support us,"said Yanell Reider, owner of Casa Authentique in downtown Abilene.
Thanks to American Express, Small Business Saturday was first observed in November of 2010. It's always the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.