In order to receive and view Open Requests, you need to set up categories for the products and services your company sells.

To begin:
Click your name in the top right corner
Click Settings in the drop-down menu
Select the Categories tab

Here you can search for the categories available on GovQuote and select however many suit your company's needs. To begin searching, first click the Products or Services checkbox (or both) to indicate what kinds of categories you are looking for (the default is set to Products). Then, enter keywords and results will populate automatically.


At GovQuote, we use the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC)—a uniform glossary that allows vendors and agencies to speak the same language.

The UNSPSC starts with a number of broad segments at the top. Those ‘segments’ are broken down into multiple subcategories, which organize all commodities into tight boxes.

Our system makes it easy: just search by keyword. For example, if you search for ‘lab coats,’ you’ll find them with bullet-proof vests, thermal gloves, and the other products labeled “safety apparel.”


For the best experience on GovQuote, you’ll want to click View Details on each category to identify the products and services you provide. Keep in mind, you don’t need to sell everything within a category to select it—just one or more.

NOTE: These broad classes will determine which requests you are notified of, so the more the merrier

To select a category, click the blue 'add' button next to the category's box. The category will move to the right side of the page, indicating that it has been selected.

To remove a category, click the blue 'remove' button next to the category's box. The category will move back to the left side of the page, indicating that it has been removed.

To remove all categories, click the Clear All button on the right side of the page.

To view subcategory and commodity information, click the blue View Details text in the category's box.

Once you are finished selecting categories, click the blue Save button.

Note: If you know your product’s UNSPSC code, you will be able to quickly identify your category. For example, the UNSPSC code for "Dip Card Drug Test" is 41116146. Entering the code will only bring the right category up.
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