(Boston Globe) — Baron Hilliard wasn’t much of a cyclist when he decided to spend a year biking across the country visiting black businesses. But walking wouldn’t get the entrepreneur, who promotes black businesses through his Together AsOne Foundation, where he wanted to go fast enough. So, on February 4, his 39th birthday, he left his home in Plainfield, N.J., pedaling an $89 bike donated by a co-worker. “I wanted to get out and bring more exposure to some of the good things going on in our community,’’ said Hilliard, whose ride is chronicled on http://www.JourneyThruBlackAmerica.com. “What better way to do that?’’ Hilliard has already visited businesses in New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia, hoping to raise their profile, as well as raise money to send a student to college through his foundation’s scholarship fund.