The Vermont Chamber of Commerce welcomes Michael Belyea as its Grassroots Advocate and Communications Specialist. The purpose of this newly created position is to enhance the Vermont Chambers member and legislative outreach efforts.Michael graduated from Champlain College in December of 2005. Ranked at the very top of his class with a double major in business, international business, and leadership, Michael brings experience and coursework in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, economics, and the global economy.Vermont Chamber President Duane Marsh stated, We are delighted to bring Michael on board. His efforts to build bridges between Vermont Chamber member businesses and legislators will reinforce the notion that Vermont employers with pressing issues and priorities stand behind our professional business advocacy team. This, in turn, strengthens our ability to work on behalf of Vermont businesses to create and retain jobs in Vermont by making our state a great place to live, work, and own a business.While in college Mike volunteered for political campaigns, started his own student blog, and began an online business. He completed a number of international business and market research projects and internships.Originally from Rockland, Maine, Michael is a resident of Burlington.A high-resolution photo is available upon request.